Viduka – It’s Great to Be Associated With Keegan


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.

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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:

“There have been times this season when I’ve thought we could be another Leeds United. You’ve got to think like that because the situation we’ve been in hasn’t been the best.”

“When I signed from Boro a few players came in and people expected big things, but it’s been very frustrating. There were always whispers about the manager being changed. It’s been a very up and down season.”

“Did the rumors affect us? It’s not an ideal situation. It shouldn’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.”

“But we’re very pleased with the last two results. Just the way people have thought for each other. We didn’t get what we wanted from Birmingham – we could have won – but we went one nil up against Fulham and that gave us confidence.”

“In the past we’ve had trouble to hold on to leads, but today we have a clean sheet and that’s a great feeling, as well as winning the game. Everybody is very happy to get the win.”

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:

“Kevin is a very positive person, very encouraging to all the players and it’s been great to be associated with him because he’s a great personality and a great coach.”

“You look up to people like that because they’ve been there and done that at a higher level.” “As for Michael, he leads by example as captain. I thought he was very effective in a deeper role.”

“I thought he did exceptionally well against Birmingham in that role. If he comes off behind Oba (Martins) and me, defenders aren’t sure whether to pick him up or leave him.”

“He gets a bit of space and then he turns and he’s running towards defenses. He’s very dangerous.’’

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. 😀

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • nate dawg

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    i prey keegan sticks with owen vid and martins all starting against spurs gotta attack right from the start and get a few goals cause i think berbatov and keane are gonna get 1 or 2 against our defence

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  • carl

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    this team is playing well together and i can see kk sticking with it, the front three of vid,mo,oba is very dangerous and weve passed the ball around good enough and even barton is raising his game, i think we could pull it off at white hart lane but its guna be tough

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    you can tell that viduka likes keegan because of the way they are together

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  • Marty

    Mar 24, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    We surely cannot play the same formation against Spurs as their full backs will kill us n AARON LENNON will have so much space n he can cross much better than STALTERI.
    We will have to revert to a 4-4-2 or OBA being a 3rd striker but lying back on the wing for cover….

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #5

    If we play 442, we’re playing right into spuds hands!..433 keeps them on their toes!..

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  • marcus owen

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #6

    i would say we look much better since KK drop Smith.

    However, nobody should doubt about Viduka’s ability to score goals. The only thing that worried me is his fitness.

    i hope KK woun’t send out the same team against spurs, bcoz they are not fulham.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Whens milner back?

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  • Obafan

    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Ausgeordie – we don’t need Milner. Geremi is far better tha him, not that fast but he has got the view to give good passes and crosses. Milners has got the pace, but he dribbles too much and his passing is very poor.

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  • Leo

    Mar 26, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    whaaa… milner is a good footballer, give him some credit, the games where he has had a big man to target up front? i think 0… geremi- at least the last two games. they are both good players but give milner credit he has a good cross

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