Big Sam Supports Joey Barton

Sam Allardyce talked about the game and the commitment shown by his players yesterday, even though Newcastle got nothing out of the game at all, which was unfortunate.

Joey Barton had criticized the Newcastle fans yesterday morning, for being vicious at St. James’ Park, in an apparent bid to have the fans support them throughout this difficult period.


Joey Barton – asked for the Newcastle fans’ support, and got it
It must have worked because the 7,000 traveling faithful gave the team tremendous support throughout yesterday’s game and the players responded, especially in the second half when it was obvious Newcastle were going for all 3 points.

As we said on this site yesterday, a lot of Joey’s comments were of course taken out of context ny the popular press, and Joey’s purpose was simply to try to get the fans behind the players.

After the game Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce took time out to praise the good attitude of Barton.

“Joey is a strong man with a strong opinion. He likes to say what he thinks,” “But some of the interview he did was shredded and taken out of context.”

“Joey’s commitment to Newcastle was there for the fans to see today.” “You could also see their commitment to him and the rest of the team.”

Joey had a much better game for Newcastle yesterday, but how he didn’t score after 56 minutes, when it looked certain he would, is still a mystery to us. Blackburn made an amazing escape at that time when Newcastle should really have gone 2-1 up. But it was that kind of game for Newcastle yesterday, and they had no luck at all, when it really mattered.

But the spirit shown by the lads was just great to see, and it augers well for the future. We’re sure we can get ourselves out of the mess we’re now in. It will be a really tough game against Arsenal on Wednesday evening, but a fighting performance again from the lads, may well get us some result, with a little luck. It’s about time some team beat this Arsenal side. 😀

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • lasse

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Well, good attitudes and strong oppinions does not win football matches. Even though JB played with engagement yesterday he did not play wery well. Lots of uncompleted passes, not the overview that he is known for, and a total lack of creativety.

    To sum up, engagement and passion is not enough, the players need to play well too. Next step would be the players to show some skills!!

  • Jacob

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I have to say that I agree with Joey Barton…some sections of the crowd are indeed vicious – I’ve been there and heard it! Why do we do it to our managers when they lose a few games? Why can’t we show somw loyalty? Sam must get his season at the very least to prove what he can do. Remember, he’s had little or no backing in the transfer market to date and could do with bringing a few new faces in in January – although I feel the board will blow him out again during this window…more’s the pity.
    Give him a real chance for God’s sake – give him some real money for God’s sake – and SUPPORT him. The alternative doesn’t even merit thought…Bloody Shearer. If big Al’ is allowed to cut his managerial teeth on a Premier League club then I’ll be seriously tempted NOT to renew my season ticket. Mark my words…Shearer equals relegation.

  • Jóhann

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Haha Jacob how you know nothing of football. Shearer would at least do very well short term but the question is about long term. coaching degrees don´t make a good manager.

  • Leo

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    lasse… lots of incompleted passes— u getting mistaken for butt maybe, he was poo

    has been all season, where i could not understand some of his motm awards.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    lads a tor for comming out with that interview at the present time .
    he’s not heard the famous geordie crowd? we’ve not seen what happened to our 5 million in the summer .
    lads got alot of front to come out and say that , good game at blackburn or not .

  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s not the fact that we lost some matches it was the way we lost them that has been irking people.
    We all know we in a transition period and will lose matches I don’t think anyone really has a problem with that. But obviously stupid tactical changes that mess up the players and team cohesion are what is getting up everyones noses.

    Sam needs to start focussing on getting it right or he will be getting his P45. I am not necessarilly saying he should, it is just a fact of football life, losers get the sack.

    Oh and Barton is a very intelligent guy I don’t think he would say something without realising what he is saying. I think he is smart enough to know the vicious criticism will stop when the team performances pick up.


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