Joey Barton has addressed the comments he made on Saturday morning, before the game against Blackburn Rovers.
Those comments were reported by the tabloids as Barton saying the Newcastle fans were vicious, but if you read what Joey actually said that was only a part of it – and we think it was a cry for unity from Barton, to our fans.
Joey Barton – his comments on Saturday were taken out of context and sensationalized
Joey talked this morning about the comments he made last Saturday morning:
“When I spoke about the atmosphere at our last home game against Liverpool, the point I was making was that, through results good or bad, we all need to stick together on and off the pitch,”
“There are a lot of new players at the club still finding their feet and there was a big summer of change at the club with a new manager and owners coming in.â€
“So it is clear everyone needs time to come together and move the club on and that will happen much, much quicker if everyone is pulling together.
“Of course I never questioned any fan’s loyalty. Who could question the loyalty of any Newcastle United fan, or their right to be unhappy if performances are not going well?â€
“In fact, I actually made the point that it is up to the players to lift the fans when results are not going our way.â€ “What I said was intended to be a rallying call after a defeat. It was not a blast or an attack.”
Joey will discover what kind of reaction he will face from the St James’s Park support when Newcastle host Arsenal tonight, but we expect it to be a good one. That’s especially true becasue Joey could be a very important player for the club tonight.
Newcastle have suffered two heavy defeats in their last two outings at home and have played very poorly, and that’s a huge understatement. But Joey wants the fans to support the team big time tonight, as he continued:
“Arsenal are going great at the top of the table right now and nobody’s beaten them in the Premier League yet this season, but with the fans behind us like they were at Blackburn we can use St. James’ Park to our advantage.”
There’s little doubt that the Newcastle fans are the best around. Nearly 7,000 Newcastle fans made the trip to Ewood Park despite Newcastleâ€™s current poor form which has seen them lose four of their last five games. Where else would you get that kind of support? Nowhere.
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