Kieron Dyer today set his sights on more capital glory for Newcastle United as they take their unbeaten 2007 Premiership record to Fulham.
Dyer played in plenty of the games during United’s woeful run of 30 matches without a win in London, but their record in the capital since, and particularly this season, has been a world away from the long fruitless trips endured over a four-year period.
Dyer starred in the famous 3-1 win at Highbury against Arsenal back in 2001 and, with only Chelsea getting the better of Glenn Roeder’s side this term, the midfielder knows London isn’t the daunting venue it once was.
He told the Chronicle: “We had a great win against Tottenham the last time we were in the capital and, hopefully, we can build on that.
“We beat West Ham, drew with Arsenal and beat Spurs, and also beat Watford in the Carling Cup, so we go there full of confidence.
“It is a winnable game and we are on a bit of a roll after beating Aston Villa.”
Dyer has netted five goals in 15 games this season, and at times has looked every bit the player whom England and his United boss Roeder rate so highly.
A rare headed effort against Villa in midweek took his overall Toon career tally to 35 goals in a black-and-white shirt, and the suggestion is that Dyer can get a lot more if he keeps up his good form.
Dyer missed a huge chunk of last season with hamstring problems, and this season alone he has suffered a gashed leg after colliding with a sponsor board and an eye injury following a clash with a training pole.
Dyer hopes his injury troubles are behind him and said: “I feel like I am firing on all cylinders again.
“I think I’ve played more games in 2007 than I did in the whole of last season.
“Things are looking up and long may it continue.
“I think the game I felt the worst in was obviously the Birmingham game in the FA Cup.
“At Tottenham we were brilliant and then against Birmingham it was like hitting a brick wall.
“Straight after the Birmingham game we had West Ham, but we’ve had a 10-day break which has done me the world of good. I feel fine again now.”
Dyer was joined in the party that headed for Fulham today by US international Oguchi Onyewu who arrived on Tyneside on the penultimate day of the transfer window.
And the Toon star welcomed the new boy.
“Gooch looks a big lad,” added Dyer.
“I have seen him at the training ground and hopefully he will be a good addition to the squad.
“We are short of numbers at the back with Peter Ramage and Craig Moore injured so hopefully he will come in and settle down and do a good job for Newcastle.”
Meanwhile with an England announcement today for the game with Spain in six days’ time, talk of an international recall has been rife given Dyer’s sparkling form.
Yet Dyer has his mind on only one thing at the moment.
He told me: “No I didn’t have an eye on the England squad.
“I am only focused on Fulham and that is another winnable game for us.
“They will come at us all guns blazing but we went to Tottenham last time out in the capital so fingers crossed we can repeat that”.