Sam Has Created Great Newcastle Team Spirit

SAM Allardyce has rightly hailed Joey Barton after the midfielder had the guts and courage to both take and convert Newcastle United’s last minute penalty in front of Newcastle’s 5,000 traveling fans. It was also obvious at the end, that Newcastle players were supporting each other big time.


Joey Barton – enjoying his training with Oba

With Obafemi Martins, shown above in training with Joey, having taken Newcastle’s penalty against Birmingham City seven days earlier – and dead-ball specialist Geremi both on the sidelines, the penalty taker was unknown when Alan Smith was clearly fouled by Elliott Omozusi.

Joey took the ball and made no mistake, as he put it away cleanly low to Niemi’s left into the corner of the net. The Geordie fans went crazy behind the goal at the Putney End.

Sam Allardcye talked today with Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette about the goal:

“The end was completely full, there wasn’t a spare seat behind the goal,” “It was pleasing to score the winner in front of them, and Joey had the bottle to do it.”

“We’ve got a very important 1-0 victory, and other things to go with it, like our first clean sheet away from home in more than 12 months.” “It was a resilient performance. We weren’t bullied by the opposition.”

“What they tried to do didn’t knock us off our stride. We coped quite easily with what they tried to throw at us.” “We came through that, and created a few chances that we missed, and then scored one right at the end.”

Barton – who we must say took the penalty with great aplomb, threw his shirt into the away end as he left the pitch. What was clearly apparent, there was definitely lots of team spirit to see both on and off the pitch. That’s one thing Sam is an expert on – and we’re beginning to see how the lads support each other all the time, which in all honesty, is just great to see.

Allardyce added:

“We’re all in it together. Winning football matches is what we play for, and we all feel better about ourselves when we win them.” “We win them for ourselves, and we win them for the fans.”

“That’s our life. It’s what we eat, sleep and drink day in, day out, and 24/7 while the season’s on.” “They get huge enjoyment out of that, and so do the fans. For me, it’s always relief. The enjoyment comes the day after the game when I wake up.”

“You’re always thinking about what can go right. Sometimes you think about what can go wrong. We tried to make substitutions in the right areas, and in the end it helped make a difference in helping us get the winner.”

“Mark Viduka flicked it on for the penalty, and Joey put it in the back of the net.”

That’s a fitting comment from Big Sam because we know Newcastle fans eat, sleep and drink everything to do with the Newcastle United Football Club. Certainly, much more so than at any other club we know. So it’s fitting that’s what the manager and players also do. Hey, maybe we’ll get somewhere now. 😀

The goal was Barton’s first for the club since his £5.8M summer move to St James’ Park, and it was almost a perfect time for Joey to score the goal. Especially in front of the fans he had criticized a couple of weeks back, but all is forgiven, that’s for sure. Well done Joey.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Howie

    Dec 17, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    i must admit i was glad sam took oba off when we got the peno cos oba makes me very nervous when he takes a peno whereas barton looked confident when stepping up

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Dec 17, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Sam took Oba off before the penalty

  • yh

    Dec 17, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    I could feel pee in my pants when he took the one against Birmingham! HAHA joking but honestly Oba doesn’t look confident with his bloody jittery run up and his awkward footing.

    And team spirit.

    That I do feel in abundance, at least when you compare it to the fist flying era… mmhmm.

  • Leo

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah i think he does the jittery run on perpose u know, he does it because he can hit the ball with either feet, he believes that it will give him more options and means the goal keeper has to guess twice

    maybe he should pick on foot and stick with it…

  • scott 9

    Dec 17, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    i agree howie i always worie about oba taking pens hes took 4 but if you look back at them there a bit dodgy
    1st-reading-put it in bottom right keeper got a hand to it not a great penalty.

    2nd- everton- worst penalty i have ever seen in my life skied it

    3rd- uefa cup- straight down the middle

    4th- birmingham-keeper tips it onto the post and it goes in.

    thtas why i worie when he takes them

  • Adam B

    Dec 17, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Oba is terrible at pens, he has never taken a good one for newcastle at least!!

    As for Joey Barton, while his performance has been average, his passion is incredable!

  • Tripp

    Dec 17, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Adam, I agree about Barton. Hopefully he’ll get his temper under control. That alone will improve his play. He’s the kinda guy that could be a good captain, but his disposition is a liability right now.


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