One player whoâ€™ve weâ€™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 Newcastleâ€™s three strikers for goals:
â€œMo (Owen), Oba and myself all want each other to score â€“ thatâ€™s the good thing about it.â€ â€œYou can see we pass to each other if someoneâ€™s in a better position.â€
â€œIt just shows you what confidence does to the team. Itâ€™s not just about us three, itâ€™s about the whole team.â€ â€œWe are starting to play well together, and itâ€™s starting to show.â€
Mark has been struggling for a long time with tight hamstrings and he was affected again last week and didnâ€™t have a full weekâ€™s training. That allowed Kevin to replace him with Damien Duff after 74 minutes of Saturdayâ€™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 Markâ€™s goal with some lovely play down the right, and he even laid on Michael Owenâ€™s goal with a great through ball in the first half.
Viduka was full of praise for Habib as he added enthusiastically:
â€œI thought Beye was outstanding â€“ he made two of the goals.â€ â€œThe thing that made my goal was his run.â€
â€œWhen confidence isnâ€™t there, nobody wants to make that run, but Habibâ€™s full of confidence, as are all of us. Those runs forward are the product of that.â€
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.