Viduka Wants Three Wins On Trot Before Liverpool Classic

Joe Kinnear talked this morning of maybe starting Mark Viduka on Friday at Wigan Athletic, for the first time since he’s been Newcastle manager .


Mark Viduka – wants 3 wins in a row before Liverpool

Joe will either start Mark and then replace him, once he tires, or start someone else and bring the Aussie striker on sometime in the second half.

Joe also talked this morning of maybe starting all three wingers in Gutierrez, N’Zogbia and Duff against Wigan. Maybe that means Duff will start up front with Michael Owen.

Viduka told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I just want to play as many games as I can and enjoy my football.

“Fitness-wise, it was great for me to get the game time in my legs against Spurs – that’s what you need when you are returning from injury.”

“We’ve got a few games over Christmas, and maybe I’ll get more chances to play and get my fitness up.”

Viduka has scored seven goals for Newcastle in just 19 starts since joining on a free transfer from Middlesbrough in July of 2007, and he has had injury problems all of his career, and this may well be his final season on Tyneside.

And Viduka would love to keep our winning streak going at Wigan on Friday, and go into the home game against top of the league Liverpool with 3 wins on the trot.

Viduka added:

“It could be looking totally different for me.”“I’d love a goal, but the most important thing is that we keep this run going.”

“It would be great to make it three wins in a row – why not?”  “The confidence is up, and we’re going back up the table slowly.

“It’s just a case of building on what we have done so far in the last few weeks.”

We’re sure Newcastle fans would just love to get all 3 points on Friday too, and maybe if we can do that, we may be able to have our first full house of the season on Sunday at St. James’ Park, on our last game of a very difficult year.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Christoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1

    cant fault him, i want him to finish his career with us. Yes he’s slow but you can’t argue with his strength. He did just as much work as duff to sink the spuds. He’s got great vision to add to that, remember that goal at middlesbrough last year, was great. He’s a great player to have on the bench. Bring him on when we’re winning and watch him hold that ball up 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    One thing the dukes can do is control a ball with his first touch. Im sure that work is done on the training pitch. Good thing about this match is we played them already so we can plan around the way they played last time etc. Well I think anyway – what do I know about tactics??

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    this is how much i rate viduka and i realize i will get stick for saying this but

    viduka+pace=thierry henry

  • Christoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    beye the great- WOT ARE YOU ON ABOUT…. lol joking, i agree with you, his strength and vision and technique is second to none, as good as n e 1 else in the prem, the only thing that lets him down is his pace. Not really able to chase the loose balls.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5


    what is the duke like at heading the ball

    ona different subject

    in the link provided there is a part where it says we should sign a back up keeper

    ffs stop i wish these people would realize we dont need a back up keeper,19528,11678_4676796,00.html

  • wsq

    Dec 24, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #6,19528,11678_4676796,00.html

    bullshite article about us on skysports, they should fire whoever did the research on us.

  • the black magpie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    cannot fault the mans first touch

    if all three wingers are to play I say do it this way

    Jonas —-Guthrie— Butt —-Duff


    otherwise i would keep it

    Jonas—–Guthrie—-Butt —-Nzogs


    needless to say staus quo for the backline


  • Hadrian

    Dec 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    rare to find players so big, yet with so much technical ability and close control , we should geta good run out of him since he’s after a contract , boro got the same .
    he’d have to take a wage cut if he wants to stay , he’s on a large wage for someone whos always injured and the wrong side of 30 .
    but id love to keep him here for another season if he stays fit .

  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Just thought i’d say it now, Merry christmas everyone! Interesting year for us fans lets hope 2009 brings us some better luck! starting from the end of 2k8 with the wigan and pool game, woop!

  • the black magpie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #10

    there was a thread on here earliar about Taylor and the defence

    i like taylor- he has heart and i hope competition improves chich can only be good for the club=

    in saying that tho what has edgar ever done wrong- i have always been impressed with when he has played very cool- i hope we dont get rid of

  • ElfyToon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #11

    i like viduka, very gd player technically and i say keep him for anutha yr.
    and y is every1 slating taylor all of a sudden, because bassong is performing amazingly? lets not forget that taylor was playing brilliantly for a while and then he gets on bad game and replaced by bassong.
    and i agree with black magpie, id keep edgar as extra backup as he was always good wen he filled in, never did anything wrong he just got dropped wen the team was fit again.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    in case you didnt know

  • ed_speed

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #14

    On behalf of ed speed, i would just like to say, happy christmas.

    (on behalf of ed)

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #15
  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #16

    we have a highly favorable schedule coming up, besides Liverpool. For one of the first times this season I am actually VERY upbeat about the possibilities. Once we get Barton and Martins back totally fit we will be a force to be reckoned with!

  • ed_speed

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    you didn’t accept the regards, someone put up for me, tom mo. how very rude.


  • Uncle Archie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye merry xmas lads, have a good un.

  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 24, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #19

    oh sorry Ed. Merry Christmas.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #20

    A happy Yule to my fellow bloggers, I have been busy today organising for a houseful tommorrow so haven’t had the time to blog.
    We have carnivores, vegetarians and vegans to cater for, so there is a lot of preparation.
    Bet the cavemen didn’t have this much bother, just stuck another mammoth on the barbie.

    Anyway heres to 3 points on Friday and another jump up the league, all the best lads and lasses.

  • ed_speed

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #21

    tom mo, my apologise, that was my dicked of a wife’s idea of a joke.


    ed (the reeal one)

  • Doocey

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Great attitiude I just hope we can get three wins.
    We’re twelth as it is and we can go further.
    Some good signings in January could bolster our chances of a mid-table finish


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