Joey Bartonâ€™s attempts to get the Newcastle fans on his side yesterday were a little cumbersome, but we think Joey was honestly trying to ask the fans to support the players.
Itâ€™s certainly true that when fans boo the players at St. Jamesâ€™ Park it doesnâ€™t help the player and it doesnâ€™t help the team.
Joey Barton – we think he meant well with his comments yesterday
But there again the fans are paying customers, and they have a right to their free speech, and usually take that opportunity especially when things are not going well, which has been quite a lot of times since Sir Bobby Robson left.Â Â Â 🙁
But in general it seems to us that Joeyâ€™s comments have been generally fairly well understood by the fans. Certainly the traveling fans on Saturday at Ewood Park were juts magnificent and brought accolades from the T V commentators on the day.
In fact TV commentator Gerry Francis, the former Birmingham City manager, set the stage when he started out the broadcast by making this insightful comment:
“If Newcastle players had shown the consistency of the Newcastle fans week in and week out, Newcastle United would be top of the league.”
We thought that was a great comment that Gerry started the broadcast with. And it was very true that Francis was not going to be critical of the Geordie Faithful in any way. He also rightly pointed out there seemed to be no malice towards Barton during the game. In fact Barton had a decent game, and hopefully is coming back into his best form. He was surprisingly preferred yesterday to Emre in central midfield, but played quite well nevertheless. One cross-field ball to the gutsy Martins, was just beautiful to watch, in the first half.
But now all attention will shift to the Arsenal game at St. James’ Park on Wednesday evening. Another gutsy performance from the Newcastle team, backed fully by our fantastic and faithful fans, and anything is possible – even against Arsenal.