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.â€
“I’ve been around long enough and I think everyone knows what I can do.â€ “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.â€
“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.â€
“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 itâ€™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 thatâ€™s a positive note to end this article on â€“ now for all 3 points against Wigan Athletic.