Joey Barton Almost There


Joey Barton scored for the reserves as Newcastle United beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 at Kingston Park last night.

Joey played a full 60 minutes and this follows his first half outing last Tuesday night in our 2-2 draw with Man City reserves.

Barton scored the first goal after 19 minutes after a Jonny Godsmark cross was not cleared and Joey volleyed home from close range.

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Joey Barton – 60 minutes playing time in Newcastle Reserves win last night

On the 30 minutes mark Newcastle scored a second when Dutchman Frank Wiafe Danquah converted from close range. This followed a Mark Doninger run down the left and a good ball played in. Newcastle went 3-0 up just before the break when Matty Pattison’s put the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. The shot went in off Wigan full-back Moore and beat goalkeeper Pollitt.

The scoring was complete when Chris McCaughtrie pulled one back after 83 minutes.

This is more good news on Barton’s rehabilitation following his metatarsal fracture and he should be available for selection against Tottenham on 22nd October. With Emre coming back with a bang on Sunday our creativity in midfield should get a lift from now on. This is all good news for Newcastle.

Newcastle Reserves: Fraser Forster, Mark Bertram, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Matthew Grieve, Callum Morris, Kazenga LuaLua, Matty Pattison, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Joey Barton (James Marwood, 65m), Jonny Godsmark
Subs not used: Kieran Wrightson, Alex Patterson, Patrick McLaughlin, Jeff Henderson

Wigan Reserves: Mike Pollitt, Peter Moore, Kris King, Tomasz Cywka, Andrew Pearson, Luke Ashworth, Matthew Hampson, Lewis Montrose, Craig Mahon (Scott McCardle, 59m), Chris McCaughtrie, Rachid Bouauzan
Subs not used: Joe Holt, Tim Horn, Jonathan Routledge, Jordan Mustoe

Referee: J Waugh
Attendance: 691

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6 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Oct 9, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like another step forward in Barton’s recovery. Hopefully it wont be too long before he’s back in the 1st team squad, ready for a run out from the bench. It will be good too have him in the team as he will complement Milner and “The Zog” With Emre now showing signs of wanting to play again we should have some drive and determination in midfield at last.

    We should now be able to provide the strikers a good service from midfield as well as score a few goals from their as well. The future is looking brighter again!!!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Oct 9, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope to see him in the second half against Spurs.

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  • leo

    Oct 9, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    totally agree cant wait to see milner barton emre and nzogbia in the same midfield. will be awesome.

    has no1 picked up on the fact that alan smith played brilliently along side martins the other night. shame that he is ruled out of our next match due to suspension.

    well done to jeff henderson, getting into the reserve team at the mere age of 15, he is one for the future, along with a couple more signings during the winter we could be looking good.

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  • George

    Oct 9, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Good result, good game, and Barton looked sharp at last.
    Now the real problems begin. Who on earth is SA going to have in midfeild now.
    As injuries clear up there are more and more players available for too few spots in the middle. Suddenly those players not under pressure at the start of the season are now starting to perform well. Emre looked good when he came on at the weekend. Butt is still rejuvinated. Geremi is getting better by the minute. N`zogbia and Milner both going well. Who gets the chop?
    Its at times like this that i am happy that i am retired and do not have the stress SA is about to encounter. Lets face it, he never had so many players to choose from at Bolton, so this is new territory to him aswell.
    Many managers will be envious, but i think this is a harder task for Sam Allerdyce, picking his best midfeild than people realise and keeping all happy.

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  • Magjp

    Oct 9, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I think SA would have though of a time like this long time ago. I know the midfield problem he will be having is new to him, however, a bigger problem is satisfying the Toon Army. With the kinds of players we are getting back, our expectations are going higher and higher.
    Imagine a team (Harper, Beye,Cacapa, Faye, Enrique, Milner/Geremi, Barton, Butt/Emre, Nzogbia, Viduka,Owen), Why shouldnt we expect great things???

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  • Rich

    Oct 9, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    exactly with that team we shouldnt finish below 6th so why not dream of the champions league. with the players we have, add a couple more we arent a million miles away on paper that is!!

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