Martins plays down reaction
Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has insisted he has no problem with manager Kevin Keegan.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 18/03/08 5:12pm
Obafemi Martins has insisted he has no problem with Kevin Keegan after his reaction to being substituted against Birmingham led to reports of a fall-out.
Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Martins all started the game at St Andrews but it was the Nigerian who made way for Charles N'Zogbia ten minutes from time as Newcastle pushed for a winner.
Martins showed his frustration as he left the pitch and was spoken to by Keegan, but he does not want the incident to be misinterpreted.
He claims he was only disappointed because he desperately wants to help Newcastle in their fight against relegation.
Martins remains committed to the club and says he is also happy with Keegan's attacking approach.
"There are no problems. We have quality players and if we continue that sort of play, we will do even better," Martins told the Evening Chronicle.
"All I am trying to do is help get this club away from the relegation zone.
"The fans or the club don't need that so that is all I am concerned about.
"The coach plays an attacking game and that suits my game a lot.
"I am satisfied with that and by the way we played going forward as a team."
Martins was encouraged by Newcastle's performance in the 1-1 draw at Birmingham and is now targeting victory against Fulham this weekend.
"The players did very well, we battled and we showed we wanted to pass the ball and go forward.
"One point isn't too bad but we know that we needed three really.
"Yet this sets us up for Saturday to win and four points from six would be very, very good for us after the results we've had."