Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: There's More to Come: Vid; United Hitman Makes Goals Pledge for the Fans, While Magpies Skipper Sounds Rally Call for Rovers Test THE FRIDAY FILE Blackburn Rovers V Newcastle United Ewood Park Saturday, December 1, 2007. Kick-Off: 3pm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: There's More to Come: Vid; United Hitman Makes Goals Pledge for the Fans, While Magpies Skipper Sounds Rally Call for Rovers Test THE FRIDAY FILE Blackburn Rovers V Newcastle United Ewood Park Saturday, December 1, 2007. Kick-Off: 3pm

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Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer

THERE is a lot more to come from me.

This is the pledge from Mark Viduka as the Newcastle United striker aims to get Sam Allardyce's side back on track in tomorrow's game with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The Aussie striker's gruelling summer on duty with his national side at the Asian Cup in the Far East and a succession of injuries have limited him to just eight starts for his new club to date.

His double in the 3-1 Premier League victory over West Ham on September 23, which followed his strike at former club Middlesbrough a month earlier, illustrated his potency in front of goal.

However, with the Magpies in need of a boost, the 32-year-old is desperate to rediscover the sort of consistent form which brought him 19 goals in his final season at the Riverside Stadium.

Viduka and his United colleagues head for Blackburn looking for a first win in five attempts, and the striker is hoping he can make the difference.

Before leaving for today's training session in the north west, Viduka told me: "I want to get as many goals as I can under my belt.

"With every game, you get fitter and fitter, so hopefully it should not be too long.

"I am very happy to be training and playing as normal. It has been stop-start.

"I had a pretty long summer with the national team - I was away for a long time and I came back here and I didn't really do a proper pre-season with the team.

"It's good to get it behind me and be able to concentrate on some games coming up and just to be involved in the squad.

"I was happy with my form last season and I was looking - and still am looking - to keep on going from there."

Viduka returned to action after a calf injury for the derby trip to Sunderland and played, his part in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light. …

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