Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce was so pleased at the reception his first signing ever for Newcastle – Joey Barton – received on his first appearance at St Jamesâ€™ Park last night.
As we all know Joey has been out with a metatarsal injury since July 21st and it was his first competitive appearance for the Magpies. Joey must have been delighted at the reception he received from the Newcastle faithful last night.
Emre and Barton – our two smart lads can provide creativity in midfield
Sam Allardyce revealed the hairs on the back of Bartonâ€™s neck stood up when his very first signing â€“ a bargain at Â£5.8M – replaced Emre. Emre was tiring a little but had a good game in the middle of the park and added some sparkle to the midfield last night.
We all know that Joey arrived at St Jamesâ€™ Park with some baggage, but Newcastle fans as usual, have been prepared to judge the player on what he does on the field. They have been impressed with Joeyâ€™s tremendous enthusiasm for the club, and the fact he seems to love it at Newcastle.
After the game a delighted Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle:
â€œThat reception was the reason why Joey Barton came to Newcastle United.â€ â€œIt is a tremendous lift for any player to run out on to the pitch and win a massive cheer, which made the hair stand up on the back of Joeyâ€™s neck.â€
â€œIt gets your adrenalin flowing and gets you straight into the game, which is exactly what happened.â€ â€œWhen Joey came on we were losing our heads a little bit and Emre was tiring, so it was a good changeover for us tactically.
â€œJoey was my first signing here and it was good to see him play, and I hope he goes a long time before anything like that injury happens to him again.â€
Newcastle remain in 8th place in the table but are now just 2 points behind 4th placed Liverpool. Big Sam seemed enthusiastic after watching his team score 3 goals for the third game in a row at St Jamesâ€™s Park.Â As usual though, the Newcastle boss was quick to add he thought the performance was a great team win.
â€œWe were delighted with the contribution of all the 14 players we used against Spurs.â€ â€œSt Jamesâ€™s Park has become a bit of a fortress in terms of results and goals scored.â€
â€œThat is three games on the trot we have hit three goals at home and our record on this score at St Jamesâ€™ is bettered by only Arsenal and Portsmouth.â€
â€œI have to say it is a start to the season which has pleased everybody here.â€
Joey looked a bit rusty, and thatâ€™s not too surprising but he may just be the link, along with the talented Emre, to provide the engine room in the center of Newcastleâ€™s midfield. Thatâ€™s all thatâ€™s been missing this season and the attack and defense are starting to really look the part.
Weâ€™ll be able to tell better at Reading on Saturday, where another 3 points is up for grabs. Getting those 3 points is really all that matters on Saturday, however we can do it.Â We’re sure Sam has already got his game plan for victory in place for that game.
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