Duff Scores In Middlebrough Practice Game

Damien Duff, our talented Irish winger, who is coming back from a terrible ankle injury, played another full 90 minutes against Middlesbrough yesterday afternoon, and scored another goal in a 4-1 defeat.


Damien Duff – on the comeback trail, he’s worth waiting for 😀

But it’s apparently still too early for Damien to be included in the first team squad, as Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce told the nufc.co.uk site this morning:

“Damien played another 90 minutes and is getting stronger, but I don’t think he will be involved at all against Derby at the weekend.”

Perhaps Damien will be able to come back in one or more of our Christmas games. We know he’ll get a terrific reception form the Newcastle fans, after what has been a career threatening injury, and so much worse than anybody had imagined.

Damien can be an important player for us through the rest of the season, there’s no doubt about.  As we’ve said before, we think Sam can get the very best out of Duff.  He’ll be like a new player for us, and Newcastle fans know the very best of Damien Duff is definitely worth waiting for.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Dec 19, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Great news that Duff scored again, hope he can keep that habit, bad news though that we got humped by the smoggies.

    Anyways the Duke missed a penalty, Faye, Taylor, Enrique and Ameobi also played.

  • Graeme

    Dec 19, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Will be good to see him back to full fitness and playing again. In full flow, he can be a superb player.

  • valle

    Dec 19, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree, once players like Owen and Duff hit their usual high standards we have a couple of great players on our books

  • scott 9

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    great to see duff back needs a hair cut though whats with that

  • scott 9

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    anyone seen other premiership clubs blogs was looking at a few theres are s*it compared to ours

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Here in oh so mighty England, in Newcastle the brave, and god bless Newcastle, we criticise Duff from the terraces f**k knows why though.

  • Leo

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #7

    haha whats his hair like now?

  • Marko

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Duff’s usual high standards? Have you ever watch him play in a black and white shirt? I remember him being pretty useless

  • Rich

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    To be fair to Duff – hes never been fully fit in a Newcastle shirt but on his day he is one of the best wingers in the premiership, hel be fitter when back and hel be eager to impress, i think he will be awesome!

  • valle

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Marko… As far as i can remember, NUFC wasnt Duff’s first club.

  • t-g-w

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Duff will be much better when he gets back in the side. He will add some much-needed pace and quality. AS for his hair, I hope you don’t been he needs a haircut looking at the photo above cos mine is much longer!

  • MattyDread

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Excellent. Milner on right wing.

  • Rich

    Dec 19, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    t-g-w his hair is not like that now, its a full mullet he must not have had it cut since he last played haha!!

  • Adam B

    Dec 19, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #14

    having duffer back will give us some balance and make us not rely so much on N’Zogbia for crosses and inspiration!

    In a week we could have owen, duffer, faye and viduka all 100%! Happy days lads!!

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Snot me again, that is a bogus Bill.f

    I will switch to another name as some tw*t seems to admire mine so much.

    Goodbye all andthanks for all the fish.

  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 19, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Duff is very comfortable on the ball it will be good to have him back, will be good to see how the zog and duff will do on the left hand side together, then switch milner back to the right with baye sounds much more balanced to me

  • Prince_Monkey

    Dec 19, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Does anyone suspect BS may play Duff on the right? He likes to play Milner on the left so he can turn in and cross with his right so maybe duff will be deployed on opposite wing. If thats the case though why is Zog playing left back? Has he played right wing under BS?

  • Adam B

    Dec 19, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #18

    yeah im excited about duff coming back, but i don’t want to see n’zogbia playing left back, that just isn’t his position!

    I actually think that it will do N’zogbia some good having to compete with DD for playing time. Enrique needs to play left back from now on at home anyway where we can play a 4-4-2.

  • Obafan

    Dec 19, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Fantastic the Duffer will be back soon, we need him on the left wing!!!

    Adam B – Enrique is overrated and does not reach the level needed for the EPL, I say keep Zog on LB and partner him with Duff on the left wing. They can play perfectly together IMO and they will also defend together; if 1 of the 2 will be on attack the other will cover him up.

  • Adam B

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #20

    OK, big sam spent all that money on Enrique (6.25m) and has already decided that his is a bust….come on mate, he is simply being cautious with the youngen!

  • valle

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Obafan… Isnt it a little harsh to judge Enrique so fast?, i could see some potential in the kid and i think he will be very good for us once he is more setled. Zog on the other hand isnt a left back at all, he does ok when he covers there but he is way too attacking and leaves the other defenders stranded at times, he also fails to clear when needed.

  • valle

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Bill f… U seemed to be more agressive than i remember, so i had a feeling that it was some low life… I remember someone posing as Alan Oliver in pre season, perhaps its a conspiracy 😉

  • Greg

    Dec 20, 2007 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #23

    4-1 with 5 1st team players on the park, thats embarassing to say the least.


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