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.â€
“It was a very difficult game, but it was always going to be.â€ â€œPortsmouth 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.â€
“If we had played them one or two months ago, it might well have been a different story.â€ “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.
Thatâ€™s true but it’s all water under the Tyne Bridge, now because we didnâ€™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 Newcastleâ€™s fans everywhere.
“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.â€
“We’re getting more and more used to the system now and, every game we play like this, we’re getting better and better.â€ â€œEveryone knows their job a lot better, and there’s no confusion about your role in the team.â€
“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.â€
“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?