Roeder delight for Martins
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder was delighted Obafemi Martins scored for the first time at St James' Park.
Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder was delighted to see Obafemi Martins score for the first time at St James' Park.
The Magpies manager saw the Nigerian strike twice in Newcastle's 2-1 Uefa Cup first round, second leg win over Estonia's Levadia Tallinn on Thursday evening.
The result sent the North East giants through 3-1 on aggregate to next Tuesday's Uefa Cup group stage draw.
The former West Ham United manager was pleased that Martins showed the qualities that prompted the Tynesiders to spend big to bring him to the North East from Internazionale.
"I am really pleased for Oba that he has got off the mark at home, especially down at the Gallowgate End," Roeder said.
"I have been saying for a few weeks now he scores goals like that every day in training and he has proved me right tonight.
"The header was tremendous. I have just seen how high he actually jumps - he gets amazing height for someone who is so small, and he is going to be a real danger in the air.
"The second finish was special. Everyone enjoyed that one.
"He is a different number nine to several other number nines we have had in the past. There are never two players the same.
"But as long as he scores the goals, that is the most important thing. Some people have already started to show a little bit of impatience, which is very typical of us in this country.
"I was listening to Arsene Wenger just recently saying you bring players in from other countries and it can take up to 12 months to fully settle in.
"I do not think it will with Oba, but to be judging him so soon after a couple of months is absolutely ridiculous.
"Andrei Shevchenko is not scoring that many goals, Craig Bellamy is not scoring that many goals.
"It was only a question of time before Oba would do that, and I am sure the other two players I have just mentioned will also do that."
Roeder believes his side have been vindicated for entering this summer's Intertoto Cup by reaching the Uefa Cup group stage.
"That was the whole reason the boys came back on June 28," he added. "Now it has been proved all worthwhile because the group stage is where people sit up and start to take notice of the Uefa Cup.
"We are excited about finding out on Tuesday who will be in our group. It has been very worthwhile and we are all extremely satisfied with the outcome."