Roeder Defends Martins
Glenn Roeder believes his £10million investment in Obafemi Martins is money well spent. The 21-year-old Nigeria drew a blank at Liverpool and struggled to make an impact, but the Toon manager says there are huge expectations on his shoulders.
Roeder: 'We bought him from one of the hardest leagues in the world to score goals. Serie A is renowned for not being easy to score goals. His record at Milan was very, very good, so it was a question of being patient and waiting for him to adjust to the Premiership.
'He is not fully there yet, but he obviously made great strides on Sunday and, without doubt, that was his best game. He was relieved after the game and I think the boys also were relieved for him because he has really made a great impression with the players.
'He is a good man to work with and they like being with him and working hard with him. When he scored that goal, everyone went over to congratulate him.
'I do not think it has anything to do with wearing the number nine shirt. I just think as a striker, when you come to a new club, you want to score as soon as possible.'