Joey Barton had his best game for Newcastle on Saturday, since returning from his metatarsel injury, and he looked the box to box player we know he is.
Looks like Big Sam was delighted with the effort and commitment from the former Man City player at Ewood Park, as he must have been for most of his charges on Saturday.
Joey Barton – couldn’t force the ball home after 56 minutes against Blackburn aaaggggghhhhhh – missed it
Allardyce told Newcastle World TV yesterday:
“Joey’s performance on Saturday was getting back to something like we know he can play,” “It would’ve crowned a really good performance if he’d put that chance away which somehow Brad Friedel has saved.â€
“It’s been hard for Joey and I think the injury has taken more out of him than he expected.â€ “But he has got all of the attributes needed for a Premiership midfield player and, as every game goes by, we are seeing more and more of what he is capable.”
Joey did have a good game on Saturday but just how he didnâ€™t put that chance away in the second half, heaven only knows. We almost tried to put it away ourselves on the TV screen. 😀
That seemingly open goal, plus Obaâ€™s miss when he headed over from just 5 yards out, could have made all the difference on Saturday. But yes, thatâ€™s all woulda, coulda, shoulda – and thatâ€™s all water under the bridge now, and we got absolutely nothing out of the game.
But tonight if we get chances like that against Arsenal, we just have to put them away. And yes, it would be nice to see Joey hit the back of the net for Newcastle, and thereâ€™s no time like the present.
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