Me And Duffer Have Been Doing That In Training – Viduka

It turns out that Mark Viduka and Damien Duff’s skillful match-winning link up against Spurs yesterday, came as little surprise to the two Newcastle players, since they have been practicing it all last week.


Mark Viduka – practiced the winning play with Duff all last week

The Aussie striker produced another one of his wonderful flicks on 90 minutes yesterday, and Duff was onto it in a flash and had it in the net, in one sublime movement, before racing across to the fans, seemingly completely possessed.   😀

But he thought twice of taking his shirt off.

And following a week on the training field in which the two players have practiced that move continuously, Viduka says there’s a good understanding developing between the two of them.

“Me and Duffer have been doing that in training all week and we’ve struck up a bit of an understanding between each other,”

“Thankfully that one came off and it’s won us the game.” “It was beautiful to get the last-minute winner given that we’ve conceded a couple of late goals recently.”

“It looked like the game was going to be a draw but it was excellent to get the win.” “They had a lot of possession but I think the game could’ve gone either way.”

“Michael Owen had a great chance to score and I don’t think they’ve had any clear cut chances really.” “But it was a good game and we’re all delighted to get the points.”

Mark looked better yesterday, and he will improve as he gets games, but slowly.  He should start the game on Friday at Wigan, and that’s a match we have to go for all 3 points in, once again, with Wigan being just above us in the league.

But Geordie manager Steve Bruce always has his team ready for his home town club, so it will not be an easy game for us, but since we threw 2 points away by letting Wigan equalize at St. James’ Park recently, all 3 points will make up for that.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Viduka may be a big lad but his touch is superb. it’s just a pity he’s always injured cos on his day he can be world class.

  • Dan13

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Football is a funny thing, were I sit everybody was abusing him ever since he came on and he does one good thing and he’s suddenly a legend.
    Lol we’re so fickle:)

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Well maybe the people around you should take a good look at themselves Dan and get off the sherry before the game….

    For a bloke who has been out the best part of 6 month, and who is not the most mobile anyhow, Viduka had a very good game yesterday…

    Showed his class with the assist for the second…lovely

  • AndrewNUFC

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    It was great skill from him, well done dukes :

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Duke is a class act wish he was fit all the time and a couple of years younger…super flick and a good finish by Duff.

    Happy Days : )

  • normag

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Everybody is tired of him being injuried, nobody can argue that he is absolute class when his fit… What an extremely intelligent player he is. We need more of those players who can use both their feet and their head;)

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Viduka is one of those players that don’t really work hard during games, industry is not really a feature of his game. However, with the ball at his feet he can do almost anything and he really is like a ‘safe point’ for our team if we need someone to be smart and constructive with possession.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    “safe point”

    I like that Spyro : )

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    To be honest it don’t surprise me, it’s the sort of thing you do in training. I used to do it and I aint much of a player or wasn’t, I had to pack it in when I was 55 due to a slightly wonky knee. I’m pretty sure that some of you lot still playing do the same.

  • Geordie Dog

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Anyone noticed AO hasn’t shown himself today. the Wockney Canka


  • bowburnmag

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Geordie Dog – Fair play to AO, he came on another thread, graciously admitted defeat, wished everyone Merry Xmas and then buggered off.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Viduka showed WHY he’s brilliant again, with one simple touch…

    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • Sav

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #13

    The Duke is a remarkable player. No centre-half ever has him ‘in his pocket’, his touch combined with strength at holding defenders at bay are peerless. But he is so immobile, everyone else has to work harder to keep the opposition out when Viduka is on the field.
    But yesterday was his day. We won’t see a whole lot more after April, so enjoy it. There’s no-one better at doing what he does.

    On another matter altogether, I’m none too happy to see the Owen negotiations being left now in the hands of Derek Llambias. Am I judging him harshly?

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Viduka’s touch, strength & guile get’s round the need for pace…That’s been his game from day one…Not everybody relys on pace…No headless chicken behaviour with him…Just skill & poise!..
    …Leave the runnin’ around to others Marko, just keep doin’ what you do best mate…Makin’ CB’s look silly!..

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Bowburn me owld mucker :

    I am pretty sure Mr or Mrs AO clearly stated last week that he would be on here Monday morning crowing about victory…the fact that he has “nipped off rather sharpish” indicates he aint as thick as he sounds 😉

  • LooneyToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Punk Skunk….spot on mate…

    Best 1st touch I have seen and I have seen some great players at SJP over the years….

    nearly fell off my seat yesterday when he let one roll under his foot…:)

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Nice one looneyToon…

    …Everyone just play to your strengths!..

    …Toon Toon!..

    …Big stoopid grins, all day long!..

  • nightfall

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18

    oh c’mon…you’re overreacting… viduka had a poor match…if the ball is in his possession for more then 2 seconds he loose it… his pass to duff was good, but…that was all he did in the whole match… and in my opinion one good touch every 5 matches is not worth 60 k/week…sorry…

  • Whumpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #19

    bowburnmag – can you ping a link to that AO comment? I may frame it.

    Anyway, I hope we start with Duke & Owen against Wigan, with the likes of Duff, Caroll and perhaps even Ranger to call upon once he’s knackered (possibly the 8th minute, then).

    Viduka may not move quickly, but he seems to end up in the right place at the right time, and no defender stands a chance of getting him off it. Him and Owen together must be a ‘mare to play with, especially if you have Zog and Jonas to provide the pace in the build-up.

    I think we’ll do Wigan. 3-1.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    One excellent touch won the match…
    …Quantifiy that!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #21

    One big hoof garners a goal-well spotted Shay…
    …One excellent touch wins the game-Ta Marko…
    …3 juicey fat points at home to spuds…


  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #22

    absolutly love viduka. once a class act, always a class act. holds the ball up brilliantly, still has an excellent eye for goal, just a fantastic player. shame about his age and injuries. What a flick yesterday for Duff!

  • Doocey

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Ya it was well executed indeed.
    Sweet sweet sweet vicetory in the final second as well.
    However I wouldn’t go saying you’ve been practicising it, do it in a couple of other matches

  • Woooooo

    Dec 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Before the spuds goal, if only it was Dukes rather than Ameobi

  • 4rm the pearl of Africa

    Dec 23, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Has anybody else seen a fullback match Aaron Lennon stride 4 stride the way Jose did? i hav doubted his ability since he came here but boy is he quick. startin to look like a 6m LB now.


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