Did Oba strop prove he cares about Newcastle United?
To all of the perfect people in the world Oba Martins storming off down the tunnel at Middlesbrough probably caused a bit of a stir in the Tyne-Tees derby.
In the heat of derby day Martins took his time to leave the arena and made his feelings known before a reluctant hand shake with Mark Viduka and stomp to the tunnel without acknowledging Joe Kinnear or the bench.
But as far as Newcastle United fans are concerned, it could be a good thing.
We all remember when Lee Clark caused uproar down at Southampton during the Entertainers era when he not only refused to take his place on the bench after being subbed at the Dell, but also had the audacity to kick over a bucket of water!
And within seconds of the south coast strop he was hooked straight back to the bench by Kevin Keegan who felt it was out of order.
No player should be allowed to just head back to the dressing room while their team is still battling for the points, or at least in the eyes of KK.
So serious, was Clark's strop it resulted in the player being dropped from the side for the next game against Wimbledon in the League Cup and Andy Cole also went AWOL as part of a mini storm.
There was even talk of Clarkie ending up on the transfer list!
It seems that this sort of behaviour after being subbed is much more acceptable these days by football's mega rich stars.
And certainly coach Chris Hughton was cool as a cucumber when asked about the incident by the media on Saturday night at the Riverside.
He too, felt that it was only a positive thing that Martins was so upset that he wasn't allowed to stay on the field.
It proves that Martins was desperate to win the derby and get on the scoresheet.
And it's all a far cry to some of Martins' earlier games in Toon.
He could be forgiven for having a few indifferent opening performances for Newcastle when he first arrived.
I think even he underestimated just how much responsiblity was on his shoulders when he took the number 9 shirt from Big Al.
But in time Martins has got used to the pressure and 32 goals so far isn't a bad tally for a player that has probably has plenty of chances to jump ship.
The reality is that Martins does seem to care about Newcastle United.
Therefore it would be no surprise if an arm goes round the Nigerian in training this week rather than boot going up his backside.