Newcastle scorer Joey Barton admitted to Setanta Sports after the game, that he to win the opportunity to take the penalty with team-mate James Milner, before putting Newcastle ahead with his injury-time winner against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Joey Barton – took the ball off James Milner to take penalty
We suspect James Milner was probably first choice penalty taker once Oba Martins was replaced by Mark Viduka after 77 minutes, but in these situations itâ€™s usually who wants it that can take the kick.
Joey Barton took the ball from James Milner before putting the penalty kick rather easily past Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi, giving the Fin no chance at all. Referee Howard Webb had awarded the penalty after Alan Smith had been clearly fouled by Elliot Omozusi.
Joey Barton told Stenata Sports after the game:
“James Milner was on it. He wanted to take it but I said to him I wanted it and I was confident I would score.â€ “I’m glad I did that, I just wanted to get it in and I really, really fancied it.”
“It was ugly but a ‘W’ is ‘W’.â€ “We kept a clean sheet and that’s testament to Claudio (Cacapa) and (David) Rozehnal.â€ “We’re all here together and everyone loves playing together. The team spirit has never been questioned, not for a moment.”
Heâ€™s right about that. A winâ€™s a win, but we will not be reviewing that game too many times tomorrow. We didn’t play well – but we won the game – and we’ll take it, thank you very much.
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