Mark Viduka is still getting back his sharpness after being injured, but he made a good appearance for Newcastle after 77 minutes on Saturday when he replaced a disappointed Oba Martins, who trudged off looking a little dejected and frustrated.
Mark Viduka – pleased with all 3 points on Saturday
It was interesting the way Mark stopped to greet Oba, and gave him a big slap on the back. Mark obviously realized Oba was disappointed he had been taken off, and it was a good gesture by big Mark. Poor Oba had terrible service all day, and we know heâ€™s completely committed to Newcastle cause, so we expect he was just frustrated with the game on Saturday. So were the fans at that point. :D.
We can only assume Oba was feeling a lot better after Barton snatched the winner in the very last minute of the game.
Viduka was involved in the move for the penalty as he put Alan Smith through, and Alan was unceremoniously taken down by 19 year-old birthday boy, Elliot Omozusi, who otherwise had an excellent game.
Viduka told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œEverybody in the squad was happy after Fulham.â€ â€œIt was a great feeling and it is always sweet when you win â€“ especially in the last minute of a game like that.â€
â€œThat makes it a little bit more special too, so we are all delighted with the three points.â€
Newcastle have now won two and drawn one of their last 3 games and our next two games are at home to Derby and away to Wigan, games we will be expecting to win. The former Celtic and Middlesbrough star continued:
â€œI donâ€™t think anybody has been walking around saying we have been unlucky.â€ â€œLike every club, we have had injury problems.â€â€œWe know what football is like.â€ â€œSometimes when you have chances they go in and sometimes they donâ€™t.â€
â€œI suppose thatâ€™s what the game can be like.â€ â€œBut we were all pleased with the win on Saturday.â€
Viduka has scored three goals since joining Newcastle from Middlesbrough in the summer â€“ and says he wonâ€™t be surprised if Newcastle can get a three-match winning streak on Sunday. That would be great, and while we will be expected to beat Derby County, we cannot allow any surprises on Sunday and the lads will need to come out and play 100% from the very first minute. Maybe we could even get some early goals to calm the nerves. That would be good. 😀