Magpies duo hail Martins
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Ramage and Steve Harper have united in praise for Obafemi Martins.
Newcastle duo Peter Ramage and Steve Harper have united in praise for Obafemi Martins.
The Magpies progressed to the group stages of the Uefa Cup on Thursday win a 2-1 second leg victory against Levadia Tallinn of Estonia.
Martins grabbed both goals at the start of the second half, and defender Ramage is hoping the Nigerian will now go from strength to strength.
"At the start of the night the job description was to get through and to be in the hat for Tuesday," Ramage told Sky Sports News.
"We were a bit frustrated with the second half performance, we tried too hard to get the first goal.
"We came out for the second half and Oba got two fantastic goals, and it's got us through to the next round.
"He's been doing that day in, day out in training and it has been coming in recent weeks.
"Hopefully it will give him loads more confidence to express himself and show the crowd what he can do."
Harper was equally delighted with Newcastle's strong second half performance.
"We were disappointed at half time and we said let's come out and try to press them a bit more, as we felt they were getting a bit too much time on the ball," he explained.
"So we came out on the front foot, pressed them and got the couple of goals we were after.
"It was great for Oba to get a couple of goals too."
Levadia's goal came when Indrek Zelinski's header slipped under the goalkeeper's body, and Harper was angry to concede such a soft goal.
"It was another header from a cross we were disappointed about.
"It was a quick ball, quite close to me, and I was disappointed I didn't get a barrier behind it."
Harper added: "We're through to the group stage and hopefully we can go a long way in this competition."