Kevin Keegan was delighted with the display of his team against Reading on Saturday, but says there is still a lot more to see from Mark Viduka.
Mark Viduka scores Newcastle’s third goal against Reading
Striker Mark Viduka, the Aussie who has been out injured for a large part of the season, is still only 80 percent match-fit, according to Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan.
Mark is leading the line that also includes small forwards Michael Owen and Oba Martins, and all three are completely different players who are operating so well for the Magpies at the moment.
“Mark Viduka is totally different to Michael who is totally different to Oba, but it works and causes other teams problems.”
“I wouldn’t say Viduka is as good as he is going to get, for like Michael he needs about eight or nine games, but what he’s given is more than good enough for me.”
“I would say he’s about 80 percent match-fit. You need games, but he’s been terrific for us because he’s that focal point on which you can build.”
“It sticks most of the time and he’s very important for us.”
Keegan also picked out midfielder Joey Barton for another excellent performance following on from last week’s game at White Hart Lane:
“He was excellent today. He’s had two good matches on the trot, though I would have put Habib Beye as my man of the match.”
“Joey has worked tirelessly and he could have scored a couple of goals today. Now he’s got to keep his head down and keep on playing football.”
Habib Beye had a great game at right back and seems to be the fans’ player of the game with 53% of the vote with around 133 votes in at the right. Habib managed to get on the attack quite a few times and in fact had two assists as he put Michael Owen through for his goal, and then brilliantly picked out Mark Viduka for the Aussie to also get on the score-sheet, with a well placed shot into the corner.
A wonderful performance by the Senegal International and his team-mate Abdoulaye Faye also had a strong game in central defense.
In fact, for the third game running, not one player had an off-day and the team functioned well for another great team performance from the boys.