Martins vows to improve
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is aiming to build on his two Uefa Cup goals.
Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has vowed to go from strength to strength following his match-winning performance against Levadia Tallinn.
The Nigerian has had a slow start to his Magpies career, but he scored twice in midweek and is targeting more improvement.
"So far I have been just OK," he said. "My performances have been average but they will get better.
Martins believes that his display against Levadia was just the tip of the iceberg, and is confident that he can be a success at St James' Park once he settles in fully.
"I am relaxing more every week and trying to understand what the coach and my team-mates are telling me," he explained.
"I need to understand lots of things about England, even the weather.
"It is never easy when you arrive in a new country but I am working every day to try and be a success here.
"Until you settle in you can never show your best, but it will come."
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder also expects Martins to terrorise defences more and more as the season goes on, but assured the 21-year-old that he was happy with his early performances.
"We will be patient with Oba because he is still young, inexperienced and new to this environment," Roeder commented.
"But we're pleased with him so far and believe he can flourish here.
"He is a good character, very intelligent and someone who will get better and better."