Newcastle United interim manager boss Joe Kinnear defended midfielder Joey Barton after his side lost to Sunderland this afternoon.
Joe Kinnear – quickly comes to Barton’s defense
Fans raced onto the pitch after Kieran Richardson’s goal and Barton was targeted by missiles as he was warming up on the sidelines.
Sunderland defeated Newcastle for the first time at the Stadium of Light, and for the first time at home since April 1980, when they edged the game by 2-1.
Kinnear was told what happened with the Barton incident and he said:
“It’s a bit unfair, then, isn’t it? It’s not Joey Barton’s fault, is it?” “He has been in the thick of everything this week. Every mass murder that has gone on in this country, his name has been associated with.”
“But looking at the bigger picture, we were beaten, and we have to play West Brom on Tuesday night and get maximum points.”
Even Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given was confronted by two home fans on the pitch after Richardson’s goal and police and stewards had to separate opposing fans after the final whistle.
But Joey will get this time and again this season, for the brutal acts he’s committed, and he’s brought this all on himself – let’s tell the truth here.
Bck top football, and we have to win on Tuesday night against WBA, and we don’t want anybody to say WBA are a good side, after they were well beaten 3-0 at The Hawthorns by Hull City.
A win is a must, and if we don’t get that on Tuesday night, there’ll be red flags waving …………… again.