Roeder heaps praise on Martins
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has heaped lavish praise on Obafemi Martins.
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has heaped lavish praise on Obafemi Martins following the striker's stunning strike at the weekend against Tottenham.
After a slow start to life in the Premiership following his big-money move from Internazionale, Martins has flourished in the past few months and in the process firmly established himself as a favourite of the St James' Park faithful.
At White Hart Lane on Sunday, Martins was at his robust best and in grabbing an equaliser, later setting up Nicky Butt's winner, the Nigerian has earned a glowing review from his taskmaster.
The sheer ferocity of Martins' strike left Roeder to reel off the plaudits and he is expecting even more from a player he believes is still yet to fully realise his potential.
"That goal was the hardest shot I have ever seen on a football pitch," said Roeder.
"I never saw the ball until it hit the back of the net. I watched Oba pull the trigger and the next thing I saw was the net billow.
"We see goals like that every day in training and I have a feeling we'll be seeing goals like that more and more often from him.
"Next year, once he settles in, he will be even better. He's an exciting two-footed player and I firmly believe the best is yet to come."
Martins, though, is refusing to get carried away with his current fine form after admitting that the goal was only his second attempt, in an otherwise subdued afternoon.
"Maybe it's my best goal, I don't really know," he added.
"What I do know is that is was only my second attempt at scoring all afternoon and I was just happy that the ball went in the net."