Mark Viduka gave several interviews after the game yesterday, which is not surprising since he was easily Newcastleâ€™s Man of the Match yesterday.
Mark Viduka – easily Man of the Match yesterday
Mark spoke to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle after the game yesterday:
â€œAfter the game the dressing room was like we had lost the game.â€ â€œEverybody was disappointed and even though we got the draw in the end we were disappointed because we should be winning games like that.â€
â€œDerby went out and played very well. Theyâ€™ve been struggling for confidence but they were excellent.â€ â€œBut if we want to be a top side we have to win games like that.â€
Mark now has 5 goals for the club this season, which is not too bad given the injuries he has had. Viduka looked a class act for Newcastle yesterday, and we could so easily have been beaten if Mark hadnâ€™t taken both his chances so well.
But not surprisingly Mark says the game didnâ€™t go to plan â€“ at least not to Newcastleâ€™s plan for the game. Mark added:
â€œI think our plan was to get an early goal and get the wind up them a bit.â€ â€œBut it wasnâ€™t to be and they scored a beautiful first goal and that was that.â€â€œIn general in the first half we did create some chances.â€ â€œAnd we could have been level a lot earlier or even a goal up.â€
â€œI thought there was a definite penalty for Alan Smith in the first half when he was taken out with a scissor kick. But sometimes they go for you and sometimes they donâ€™t.â€ â€œIt was one of those games that we wanted to come back and win but we couldnâ€™t force the victory.â€
And, reflecting on his first goals for Newcastle since the 3-1 win over West Ham in September, Viduka added: â€œBasically for the first goal Smudge was fighting for the ball on the floor and I thought if it came out, that there was a shot on â€“ which is what happened, and I shot on the turn.
â€œFor the second, Oba won the ball on the edge of the box from Darren Moore and it bounced free for me.â€ â€œI practice them every day in training.â€ â€œWe are disappointed and we really should have three points.â€ â€œWe will have to be up for it on Boxing Day at Wigan.â€ â€œThey had a good result against Blackburn and scored five goals, so weâ€™ll have to be up for it.â€
As we’ve said a few times this morning, we can right the Newcastle ship quickly by beating Wigan on Boxing Day. They are 2nd bottom of the league and we should be able to beat them if we play anywhere near the level we can played.
But we may need a clean sheet to get the job done on Boxing Day.
What do you think?
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