Viduka Disappointed Newcastle Didn’t Win

Mark Viduka has been talking today about what he thinks was a good performance from Newcastle at Fratton Park on Saturday.


Mark Viduka – good organized performance from the team on Saturday

Mark talked today about the game:

“It was very different to the Spurs performance but, in its own kind of way, it was probably just as pleasing,” “We were very resilient, and we had to be. We’re a team that’s very difficult to beat now.”

“It was a very difficult game, but it was always going to be.” “Portsmouth have some very good players – they’re not in the FA Cup final for nothing – but we matched them in every area of the field.”

“If we had played them one or two months ago, it might well have been a different story.” “But we are a different team now and I think that game proved that.”

In truth Newcastle’s back four on Saturday were rarely troubled as they recorded their third clean sheet in four games, and it was the club’s only second clean sheet in a Premier League away game this season. The other one was of course at Fulham in mid-December.

Abdoulaye Faye was very strong at the back and had another great game for the side, and Steven Taylor also looked in good form. Beye had his hands full with Niko Kranjcar, and couldn’t get further as much as he would have liked, and Jose Enrique looks better with every game.

Viduka thinks Newcastle’s league position would have been significantly improved if they had been able to mirror Saturday’s desire and organization in some of their less successful away outings this term.

That’s true but it’s all water under the Tyne Bridge, now because we didn’t. Otherwise we could well be in with a chance of European competition right now. But that’s all woulda, coulda, shoulda and let’s face it, this season has been very disappointing for Newcastle’s fans everywhere.

Mark continued:

“I don’t really think we’ve produced enough games like that this season,” “When you go away from home, sometimes you just have dig in and take what you can.”

“We’re getting more and more used to the system now and, every game we play like this, we’re getting better and better.” “Everyone knows their job a lot better, and there’s no confusion about your role in the team.”

“Portsmouth is one of the hardest places to go in the league, but we have come away with a point. We’re disappointed we didn’t get a win, but I think that is a sign of progress.”

“We’re satisfied that we were able to come down here and put in a performance that was always going to make us hard to beat.”

We thought Mark looked a little unfit on Saturday, which was probably true and of course he doesn’t have much mobility. But with Martins and Owens around him, he doesn’t need mobility and Kevin is taking full advantage of his skills, which is his first touch and hold up play, which are just excellent.

So it seems that Keegan, like any good coach, is getting the very best out of his players and has changed the teams’ organization to match the skills available in the squad.

Kevin’s done a great job so far, with his coaching of the players he inherited, that’s for sure. Who said this man cannot coach?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • hanzemre

    Apr 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    errr…not me Ed. must be somebody else out there. 😉

  • Egar

    Apr 14, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    We can at least take heart from the fighting spirit of our lads despite the draw. I thought we were rather unfortunate not to nip the 3 points. Anyone who witnessed the 1-4 beating by Portsmouth at SJP earlier this season would agree that our lads are no longer living the nightmare. In fact they are stringing performances us fans are enjoying these days. The way Portsmouth played this time around is good enough evidence on this new found respect.

    Here’s to craving for the next match – a must win against Sunderland. Keep it up, lads!


    Apr 14, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    ENRIQUE did 2 steps back…he lost 3-5 balls very stupidly by hitting them almost in the same style into the out. Would be happy to get a real profed LB there, so that he can learn somthing!

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    2/3 balls in the stands by Enrique mate!..
    …So, let’s get rid of him, he’s made a mistake…

    …Come on lads, have a bit of patience!..

  • Obafan

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Enrique his passing was not good last Saturday, but his defending was good and that is the first thing he has to do. He needs to work on his attacking play tho’.

    Once again it would be a very good thing if we went after DANTE BONFIM from Standard. Yesterday at Studio 1; a talk show about the football games of the weekend he was again mentionned with lots of positive comments. He has got a big deal in the fact that Standard will be the new champions in Belgium.

    He also can cover at CB. I’ve recently tried to find a few videos on him, but the only thing I could find was his penalty kick in the Belgian Cup. Here is the link:

  • Leo

    Apr 14, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    pentalty kick obafan… its going to have to be an amazing penalty if we are to make our mind up about him… :-p

    viduka- dont worry mate, we did what we had to and i think a draw was good, obviosly the team is saying things like this to keep the confidence pumping in the blood of the team


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