Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: New-Look United Win at a Canter; Keegan Comes Up Trumps Again as Magpies' Three Musketeers Find the Net in Easy Win Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: New-Look United Win at a Canter; Keegan Comes Up Trumps Again as Magpies' Three Musketeers Find the Net in Easy Win Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS

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Byline: Alan Oliver

Newcastle United 3

Reading 0

IT'S a good job it wasn't Boat Race day on Saturday, or Kevin Keegan would have won that as well.

The Newcastle United boss saw his side win in a canter against a Reading side which weren't at the St James's Park races.

And he came out on top with his Grand National charity each-way bet of King Johns Castle, with fellow tipsters Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and Terry McDermott also-rans.

No wonder Keegan had another little chuckle when I suggested only Martin O'Neill is ahead of him in the April Manager of the Month award after Aston Villa's 4-0 demolition of Bolton Wanderers.

Keegan will not care about Owen's ability as a racing tipster as long as his little striker keeps banging the goals in the way he is.

Or at the way Mark Viduka first uses his big backside and then even bigger skills to provide and score goals.

And what about Oba Martins?

The little Nigerian striker was fully aware from his agent that Sam Allardyce prepared to sell him in the summer.

But he kept his head down, his mouth shut and got his little legs moving even faster - and is now one of the most exciting strikers in the Premier League.

As a result, his 18th-minute goal was the first time he has scored in successive matches this season, and his first home goal from open play since the win over Spurs at St James's on October 22.

But with five games still to play, the United supporters cannot clearly get enough from their former Inter Milan striker.

What a difference to this time last season when, after the disappointing UEFA Cup defeat in Alkmaar, Martins only managed to score one goal - and that from a scuffed shot in the win at Sheffield United - in his last eight games. Now not only has Martins scored in successive games, but his goals against Spurs and Reading were the hallmark of a really good marksman. …

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