Viduka Happy To Bang Those Goals In

One player who’ve we’ve never seen happier playing his football right now on Tyneside, is top Australian striker Mark Viduka.


Mark Viduka – playing great for the team right now

Mark talked to the Evening Chronicle yesterday, about whether there was any competition between Newcastle’s three strikers for goals:

“Mo (Owen), Oba and myself all want each other to score – that’s the good thing about it.” “You can see we pass to each other if someone’s in a better position.”

“It just shows you what confidence does to the team. It’s not just about us three, it’s about the whole team.” “We are starting to play well together, and it’s starting to show.”

Mark has been struggling for a long time with tight hamstrings and he was affected again last week and didn’t have a full week’s training. That allowed Kevin to replace him with Damien Duff after 74 minutes of Saturday’s game, and the big Aussie got a deserved standing ovation from the Newcastle fans.

Our best player on Saturday of course was right-back Habib Beye who made Mark’s goal with some lovely play down the right, and he even laid on Michael Owen’s goal with a great through ball in the first half.

Viduka was full of praise for Habib as he added enthusiastically:

“I thought Beye was outstanding – he made two of the goals.” “The thing that made my goal was his run.”

“When confidence isn’t there, nobody wants to make that run, but Habib’s full of confidence, as are all of us. Those runs forward are the product of that.”

A lot of our players are playing well together, and that’s something that Big Sam was never able to achieve while he was at the club.

But there’s no doubt there’s a buzz around Newcastle right now, and that will last through until at least May 11th, when we play Everton away in our last game of the season. We still have 5 more games to play and 15 points are at stake.

Five wins is a possibility and we think that’s exactly what Kevin Keegan’s target is.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • tonarmyapg

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    haha i got first comment

  • Leo

    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    did anyone see viduka’s brill pull down out of the air with the tip of his boot, amazing ability

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye, he’s shut the detractors right up!..
    …More power to him!..
    …People should remember that ‘you can’t score/play well if y’not on the pitch!’..
    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • craig f

    Apr 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    ive never doubted the mans ability, but I think he is one of these players that sometimes just seems to go through the motions. Amazin player when he wants to be, and to be fair to the bloke he has shown some real quality this season, not only in the last few games where he has looked unplayable at times

  • Todd

    Apr 8, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5

    At times in the past I’ve questioned his desire, but in this case he stepped up when his team needed him the most. He’s been hard-working, unselfish, enthusiastic, and team-orientated. He’s been a big part of the turnaround as of late, and I was shocked when I saw on this blog the other day that someone said we should sell him in the summer. The Duke is a valuable player, IMO.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    I think he has found a bit of passion back in his game. He us so used to playing alone up front that having a bit of company makes him feel like more a team player. He has two good strikers to pass to and draw defenders off him…this system is made for him. He has one of the best first touches in the game and that is somethning we have been sorely lacking

  • Bill F

    Apr 8, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d always thought he was over weight and slow but recent form shows otherwise. Will he be able to do it next season, lets hope so.

  • Tripp

    Apr 8, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Duke uber alles. I’ve always rated him. His injuries are what hold him back. His touch is brilliant and the way he shields the ball is class. He saved us from Derby doing the double on us and for that alone no one on here should slag him off.

    Ed I think our GD is now -18, not -21.


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