Since Mark Viduka returned to the side in the last 2 games, we’ve taken 4 points, and we don’t think that’s just a coincidence.
Mark Viduka – two solid performances for Newcastle
Mark has played extremely well in our last two games, and his goal after 8 minutes showed just what a class act the Australian can be. We’ve given Mark some stick on this site because he’s been out injured so much and at times when he plays he’s doesn’t seem to have turned up for the game.
But not in these last two matches, where he has looked a top class player. We hope that will continue because we’ve also noticed how much he seems to respect Kevin Keegan. He talked today to the N Journal, and began by saying he’s been worried in case Newcastle became another Leeds United:
â€œThere have been times this season when Iâ€™ve thought we could be another Leeds United. Youâ€™ve got to think like that because the situation weâ€™ve been in hasnâ€™t been the best.â€
â€œWhen I signed from Boro a few players came in and people expected big things, but itâ€™s been very frustrating. There were always whispers about the manager being changed. Itâ€™s been a very up and down season.â€
â€œDid the rumors affect us? Itâ€™s not an ideal situation. It shouldnâ€™t affect performances but sometimes it does. I was involved in what happened at Leeds United. It was a situation where nobody knew what was going on so it did affect performances.â€
â€œBut weâ€™re very pleased with the last two results. Just the way people have thought for each other. We didnâ€™t get what we wanted from Birmingham â€“ we could have won â€“ but we went one nil up against Fulham and that gave us confidence.â€
â€œIn the past weâ€™ve had trouble to hold on to leads, but today we have a clean sheet and thatâ€™s a great feeling, as well as winning the game. Everybody is very happy to get the win.â€
Viduka has been full of praise for his new manager and new captain, and he admits he’s never quite met such a personality as Kevin Keegan, as Mark continued:
â€œKevin is a very positive person, very encouraging to all the players and itâ€™s been great to be associated with him because heâ€™s a great personality and a great coach.â€
â€œYou look up to people like that because theyâ€™ve been there and done that at a higher level.â€ â€œAs for Michael, he leads by example as captain. I thought he was very effective in a deeper role.â€
â€œI thought he did exceptionally well against Birmingham in that role. If he comes off behind Oba (Martins) and me, defenders arenâ€™t sure whether to pick him up or leave him.â€
â€œHe gets a bit of space and then he turns and heâ€™s running towards defenses. Heâ€™s very dangerous.â€™â€™
We tip our hats to Mark for his last two performances, and hope they will continue. If Mark can stay fit and maintain his good form, we should start picking up points regularly.
But how do we keep this man fit? He’s good, but would be even more value to the club if he played twice the number of games for us each season – twice the value in fact. 😀