Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dyer Does the Trick for Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dyer Does the Trick for Boss

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Graeme Souness admitted last night that he had seen something in Kieron Dyer he had only previously heard about, as the England international set Newcastle United on their way to an emphatic Uefa Cup win over Olympiacos.

Dyer was handed an attacking role alongside Alan Shearer and scored United's opener before setting up the second for his club captain.

And Souness, who had previously used the former Ipswich man almost solely as a right-winger, admitted Dyer's performance as a striker had given him a tough selection decision ahead of Saturday's long trip to Portsmouth.

With Patrick Kluivert struggling with a thigh strain and Shola Ameobi still hampered with a hip complaint, Dyer could once again be asked to slot into an attacking role.

"Kieron wasn't playing in the position he'd normally play in for me but he was outstanding," said Souness, who has now guided the Magpies to eight consecutive victories, their best run of results in 11 years.

"If he is honest with himself, that is probably his best position and I thought he was excellent. He complemented Alan with his movement and I think both of them enjoyed playing alongside each other.

"Kieron has shown me a side to his game I've been told about, but which I've now seen for myself. With our injury problems in that department he has given me plenty of food for thought."

Newcastle's place in the quarter-final was all but assured after just 18 minutes when Dyer's cheeky back-heel gave him his fourth goal of an increasingly impressive season and his side a 4-1 aggregate advantage.

The goal appeared to break the spirit of the Greeks and, by the time Shearer had added to the advantage, they already looked like a side who secretly knew they had already been beaten in the first leg in Athens last week.

Second-half goals from Lee Bowyer and a second for Shearer, who is now just nine behind Jackie Milburn's record, gave the scoreline an accurate indication of Newcastle's dominance of opponents who, on paper at least, had looked to be among the best they could have faced in this season's competition. …

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