UK time is: 11:22:16
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Duke on Boro return

After a long, long road of recovery, taking in Brisbane and numerous stays in the NUFC treatment room, Mark Viduka finally waddled back onto the pitch at the Ripperside on Saturday in the 0-0 draw against the Beasts. Having got a less than friendly reception off the local yokels, the Duke of Pork was moved to comment:

"There was a chance I could have had an operation, but I didn`t want that because I could have been out for nine months and I don`t need that at this stage of my career. I didn`t expect to be out for six months, though, when it first happened. To be honest, I was playing with the injury for a while and it just got worse and worse.

I thought I could try to get through to the end of the season. But it got worse and worse. I`d love to stay fit until the end of the season. Achilles injuries are complex things. If I can get myself to playing week-in, week-out playing without getting a reaction that would be great.

Then I just want to get back to the business of scoring goals. It`s great to be back and just nice to get on. It could have gone either way and it was an end to end game. There was a lot of passion in it and it was a very quick game.

One goal could have won it and that is how derby games are normally settled. The last few occasions the teams have met have been really close. I think this one was similar. For my chance late on the ball came in from Jonas Gutierrez and I went to volley it in. I think in the end I stopped and lost my momentum and it wasn`t the best of chances.

It`s very important that we kept another clean sheet. We were always a threat going forward and we have to work just hard to keep teams out as we do to score. It was nice to hear our fans getting behind me. I can understand the Boro fans getting a bit upset. But the Geordie fans to me are unbelievable. During this time that I have been out people have been so supportive of me. And I`d like to thank them."




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 1 2008

Time: 8:42PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Remy Back OnThe Agenda? (Monday July 28 2014)

NUFC Chasing The Wrong Targets* (Sunday July 27 2014)

The Usual (Sunday July 27 2014)

Mbiwa Still Linked With Loan Move (Thursday July 24 2014)

French Exodus Continues (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Liam Sweeney and John Alder (Monday July 21 2014)

Ben Arfa Saga Is A Real Shame (Thursday July 17 2014)

Janmaat Gets His Confirmation (Thursday July 17 2014)

Surely It's Too Late For Grenier? (Thursday July 17 2014)

Archived Newcastle United Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Rexn 256
2. officemonkey 244
3. OldLeazes 222
4. Toon_NoMatterWot 220
5. AMac 192
6. carlosvendetta 162
7. billybobcat 137
8. Wilco 113
9. johnjohnson 70
10. Birdys 67

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Spurs 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Arsene Wenger Talks New Transfers
Arsenal : 28/07/2014 11:00:00
Everton still aiming to complete Lukaku deal
Everton : 28/07/2014 11:00:00
Hull Succeed In Maguire Bid
Hull City : 28/07/2014 10:56:00
Liverpool: Reds Start ICC With Olympiacos Win
Liverpool : 28/07/2014 10:42:00
Arsene Prepared to 'Gamble' on Chambers
Arsenal : 28/07/2014 10:24:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are we stronger than when we finished 5th?
Suggested By:  TNMW
Yes, there's absolutely no doubt we are 16%
Divvent be stupid man, what planet yee from? 84%