Sam – Good to Have Joey Back


Joey Barton will obviously need two or three more games under his belt before he will be able to produce the form which made him an excellent box-to-box midfielder at Manchester City, and won him his single England cap – so far in his career.

Newcastle need Barton now more than ever, if they are to maintain their good start to the season.

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Joey Barton – will be better off after his 90 minutes against Reading on Saturday

Barton started off quite well on Saturday but then faded as did the team. But Sam left Joey on for the full game to give him the match practice he so needsto get him back to his best as quickly as possible. After the game on Saturday Allardyce said:

“It was good to see Joey back.” “Obviously, he’ll get better and better as time goes on. That’s going to be very important, like every other player staying fit and getting sharper and sharper off match practice.”

“The more games we get, the sharper he’ll become as times go on. I think two or three more games, and he’ll pick up it pretty quickly.”

“On the basis of today’s performance, energy-wise he’s OK, but he’s a little rusty in possession. He took a little bit too much time in possession, but saying that, that’s Reading at their best.”

It was a woeful display by Newcastle against Reading on Saturday, very disheartening to say the least for the Newcastle faithful. But when asked if there were any positives coming out of the match Sam said:

“Only Joey, for me.”

The sooner we can get a decent win on the road the better – and there’s a perfect opportunity when we play our old rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light a week come Saturday. A win then will put us in good stead. A defeat is not even worth thinking about.

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3 comments so far

  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Oct 30, 2007 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Did I miss something because I don’ t remember Barton doing anything at all Saturday. But maybe its the lowered expectation of him not Bramble-in’ up at all that made him look good.

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  • Leo

    Oct 30, 2007 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #2

    you have to feel sorry for joey, comes to a new club, massive changes, looking foward to getting into it, gets injured and getting back into it is very hard due to the cercumstances…

    give him a couple reserve team games. emre and faye in the middle of the park, with the quick wingers either side…

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  • squaretan

    Oct 30, 2007 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Hope he dont blow his head when he plays for Newcastle. Joey is a brilliant player just that at times he can do stupid things on the pitch ending up with a red CARD!

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