Viduka – We Didn’t Lie Down And Keel Over


Mark Viduka has had to deny a story that has been made up in the press – that he has had a falling out with Kevin Keegan.

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Mark Viduka – we want to see him doing this on Saturday

It’s obvious right now the gossip press in England is trying to put the knife into the club, while we are experiencing a very poor spell on the playing side.

But we seem to be fair game, and many of the stories being written about the club are just complete nonsense with no foundation in truth whatsoever. No new news there then. 😀

Mark talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle Today:

“It’s funny when you hear stories like that, as they are totally untrue.” “The manager has been very positive towards me, and I just want to play for him.”

“It was very good to be back, but I was very tired at the end.” “I was very excited about the game, and I thought we played well. I felt we maybe deserved more from it.”

“We knew we had to fight for the point – it was never going to be easy.” “In the second half, I thought we showed a lot of character to come back, and were unlucky not to have won it.”

“All the boys are very positive. We didn’t lie down and keel over, and we’ve taken a lot of confidence from that and that the way we played.”

That second 45 minutes was very good for the Newcastle faithful, and we are hoping we’ll be able to take that forward to the game against Fulham, and wipe the London team off the field on Saturday – that means we’ll win. 😀

But we cannot have any let downs on Saturday, we’re still not out of the woods yet by a long way.

And we have to say we were impressed with both Mark’s play and his attitude on Monday night, since it was obvious he gave the team a lot up front, not to mention his fight and great hold-up skills during the game.

There’s no doubt this boy is a good player, but we need to get him fitter and try to ensure his niggly little injuries will become a thing of the past.

We’ve been the first to criticize Mark for missing so many games recently, and even questioned whether he was up for the fight. But a few more games like that, and we’ll have to eat our own words – and be pleased to do it.

If the truth be told, we looked a much better team with Mark starting in place of Alan Smith, and including Oba Martins at the start was another master-stroke by Keegan. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the same team to start on Saturday.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • THELONGSHANKS

    Mar 19, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Smith should think of moving to wearside maybe for 4m or that and who knows maybe carr can join him.We have to win on saturday and hope the scum beat bolton 2nite.

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  • Tripp

    Mar 19, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #2

    The Mancs had better win, ffs. Fortunately, they’re top of the table but only on GD. SAF will put out a solid squad to ensure they go up 3 points, they’re not going to waste a game in hand.

    I’m glad that the Duke had a good game. He’s saved our arse more than once this season with timely goals. More on Saturday, if you please.

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  • Nomis_jade

    Mar 19, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I think viduka played well on sat but i did think it showed he lacked a bit of match fitness. Every now and again he just took slightly long over the ball. Also did neone else notice that KK did actually change is tactics a bit at half time? In the first half we were def set at as a 4-4-2 with oba on the left wing.

    However after half time, oba had pushed up top with owen and viduka sat in front of them holding the ball up. I think that made the difference cos it meant oba could see more of the ball and run at the defenders.

    I was happy with kks decision to take oba off. He was our bast player but it would ahve been fatal if we had lost the lost the game.

    People have critisiced barton, and i agree his passing wasnt great, but he fought all game and his tackling was excellent. He also kept his temper under control which is more than i could say for butt.
    Butts tackling was awsome, but i still think we lack height in mid and his long passing is still the cause of so much breakdown in our play. If he just kept it on the deck i would have no quarrel with him.
    Im going to the Fulham game on sat ( i live down south and dont get to St James very much nemore) but i cant wait to see the game and enjoy the atmosphere!

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  • Spyro

    Mar 19, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

    make sure u make enough noise for those of us who cant make it nomis

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  • Nomis_jade

    Mar 19, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Will do spyro!

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  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 19, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #6

    desprately hope vodka stays fit for the rest of the season

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  • Dan

    Mar 19, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    I would like to see Zog and Milner in the mid field, with Owen, Martins and Duka up front.. and have Duka take on a leadership role.. ie lead from the front…

    Martins is going to destroy I can feel it, all they need to do is supply the front line…

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  • Johnr

    Mar 19, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Good comments Nomis_Jade, agree on all points. Butt does loads of good work then says ‘ave it! As for Viduka, what a player this guy could be. I think he has the skill of Berbatov, if only he would knuckle down match after match we could really start to bring back some goal threat into the side with Owen and Martins alongside. I worry that he will need a lie down for a few weeks after getting out of breath on Monday. He also had a face like a slapped arse when left out by Keegan, which is I beleive why he disappeared into the background for a while. Lets hope he is coming round to the reality of the situation we’re in. The other incentive is that if he wants to jump ship if we do go down, he needs to do his usual end of season pick up to boost the pay packet. We may see the best if he can bear to pull his finger out. A brilliant but frustrating player.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 19, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #9

    He is a fat lazy bastard Jhonr! 🙂

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  • Johnr

    Mar 19, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Thats what I meant to say, Ron.

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