Vuduka A Shining Light For Newcastle

The shining light for Newcastle fans yesterday was the excellent display by Mark Viduka, the Australian striker, who looks to be back in cracking form with two expertly taken goals.


Mark Viduka – Man of the Match yesterday with two expertly taken goals

And when Duff came on he looked quite good on the left wing, given he has been out for almost eight months. Those for us were the only bright lights yesterday.

The 32-year-old former Middlesbrough striker, who got two excellent goals for Newcastle yesterday, and now has 5 goals in total this season, told Newcastle World TV he is determined to keep his starting position in the side:

“Every player wants to play and it’s been hard being out of the side,” “But I’ve been working hard in training and I know my qualities.”

“I’ve been around long enough and I think everyone knows what I can do.” “I love playing football and I want to do well for this club and win back my place in the side.”

His first goal was expertly put away wide of the keeper, after captain for the day Alan Smith had managed to set him up, even though Alan was on the ground and surrounded by 3 Derby players. Mark’s second goal was volleyed home first time with just 3 minutes of regular time left on the clock. Two cracking goals from Mark yesterday.

But Viduka is being honest when he says his goals are not much reward, when Newcastle cannot beat a team like Derby County , although he was still pleased to score his brace of course. Mark added:

“Everyone came in the dressing room and it was like we had lost the game,” “If we want to be where we want to be we should be winning games like that.”

“But I’m happy to score two goals. For my first, Smudger was battling away on the floor with a couple of players and I thought if he can get it out I can get a shot in.”

“He’s managed to do that and I’ve had a shot on the turn and it’s gone in the bottom corner.”

“For the second Oba was battling with big Darren Moore and the ball has dropped perfectly and luckily I’ve put it away.”

Mark led the line very well yesterday and his deft first touch was always there. It was a demonstration on how to lead the line, and it’s easy to see the qualities Mark brings to Newcastle. What a great buy he was in the summer. He cost Newcastle nothing since he was a free agent and that’s a positive note to end this article on – now for all 3 points against Wigan Athletic.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Indian toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    viduka and martins best pair upfront. unless martins plays at the centre not right winger. yesterday we had lotta positive in the game. like duff comin back so we can have milner on the rt . some width. and sam dropping geremi., replacing butt, barton and gettin in emre, really this guy should start.

  • fingeordie

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    whilst watching the game yesterday i stopped and thought to myself for a second-just who have i heard of in the derby team? giles barnes and kenny miller. THATS IT. with the players in our team, there is no comparison. just how we cannot beat a team of derbys abilities is beyond belief. derbys two best players shouldnt really make it into our starting line up, yet we almost were properly embarrased. viduka should be starting every game and getting service to feet in the box, yesterday is evidence enough of what he can do. emre should be starting games so that we have some creativity. nzogbia should be on the left where he can be free to attack and more importantly not try to defend. milner should be on the right where he can actually cross the ball and be of use. hang on a second, hasnt every single other newcastle fan been saying the exact same thing? our only hope is that big sam is not quite as stubborn as is perceived…..

  • Steve

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    The guys is a gun… Every time he gets the ball in and around the area, he looks like he’ll either put it away or create something…

  • sparetheman

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone been on the official site this morning? Sam is singing the praises of Alan Smith again.

    How can one man be so blind? Alan Smith has been absolutely shit all season. He’s had one good game against Arsenal and that’s it.

    Not only has he not been playing well individually but with Sam’s unbounded love for the guy, the team is suffering too for his inclusion. He’ll drop ANYONE to accomodate Smith, even a PROVEN premiership striker like Viduka. It’s UNBELIEVABLE. Viduka scores twice yesterday and who is Sam singing the praises of? Alan Smith. Did he watch the Derby game? Did he see how many times Smith actually lost the ball?! All he literally does is give fouls away. His “assist”, had it fallen to any other player, wouldn’t have been an assist. It took someone of Viduka’s class to make it an assist. I guess the sight of Smith rolling on the floor, trying to clumsily get the ball out from under him is Sam’s idea of perfect football though.

    This undeserved praise he keeps giving Smith is annoying me even more than our performances recently and that’s saying something.

  • scott 9

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    viduka is different class he is our most valuable player in my opinion when hes not playing were just not the same the team is built around how he plays he holds it up exellently and his goal scoring record speeks for its self we should play viduka and owen up front and duff and milner on the wings so the team would look like this
    beye cacapa taylor zog
    milner barton duff
    viduka owen
    the reason i have smith in there is for one reason i wouldnt have him in but as i keep saying sam will never drop him i would much rather havew emre in there so if he insists on playing smith he shouldnt play him up front because even though thats his best position hes not as good as viduka or owen so play him just behind the front 2 with barton in a holding see how that works

  • steve

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    We should sell Smith – he brings nothing to the team – however fat sam is unlikely to even drop his most favoured player regardless of the fact he’s fkin useless – sam loves players who just run around like headless chickens jumping into the tackle at every opportunity – how that can go down as an assist is a joke – he was scrambling round the floor and viduka managed to get it out of there and make score out of nothing

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Best 11:


  • thelongshanks

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    I know this is a bold statement but viduka is as close to shearer as you can get.Holds the ball up,intelligent,great header and he is one of the best players playing his back in to goal and scoring in the prem.

  • thelongshanks

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    oh yeah i though barton was muck and beye was class.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    If sam wants a wing striker then he should replace martins with duff. I am not being funny but i am quite disappointed with martins not being able to play as a wing striker because he has pace and has (or used to have) skill. Speaking of which, has anyone noticed how martins can not really beat defenders any more? more times thannot he tried to do skill and ends up tackling himself. the guy needs to improve.

    i wouldnt mind seeing this team.

    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique

    Milner Faye Emre Duff

    N’zogbia( attacking mid)


  • Dragoner

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    If sam wants a defensive away team he should pack the midfield.

    milner Faye Duff

  • Dragoner

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    martins can then play as a lone striker with emre sitting just behind him providing great throughballs for martins to run on to

  • Dragoner

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    also i just want to point out that newcastles counter attack is the worst i have seen in the premiership, derby included. Poor touches, poor reaction and a sheer lack of pace give the opposition time to regroup and diffuse our attack

  • scott 9

    Dec 24, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #14

    tom toon completely agree with that team apart fron owen for oba if he keeps fit witch i suppose is unlikely o and does anyone think smith will ever be dropped cuase i dont but he should be cause hes sams golden boy.

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