Roeder calls for patience
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder has called on the club's fans to give Obafemi Martins time.
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has called on the club's fans to give Obafemi Martins time to adapt to life in The Premiership.
The Magpies trudged off the St James' Park pitch to a chorus of boos on Saturday, having thrown away a winning position before losing 2-1 to Fulham.
The defence drew criticism from Roeder, having gifted Fulham two goals in the final ten minutes, but this did not draw full attention from strikers Shola Ameobi and Martins.
The pair looked far removed from the dream ticket Roeder is looking for, but the Magpies chief feels new signing Martins must be given time to find his feet.
"There are a couple of things we have to take into consideration: he is trying to regain full physical fitness from when he arrived from Italy having been unwell for two weeks with flu," said Roeder.
"I never expected him to get through 90 minutes - I always thought he would do well to last 70 minutes or so.
"He has come from Serie A. We have got to be patient.
"It will take him a little bit of time to settle into the high tempo of The Premiership, but I saw enough promise from him that when he plays with Shola Ameobi, there is going to be a successful partnership there."