Joey Barton Made Good Start – Now Keep It Up

Joey Barton did well last night against WBA at St. James’ Park and took the first of many steps to rehabilitate both his career and himself.

Joey Barton – good goal and good first half display

Joe Kinnear was obviously delighted and we’re sure Joe told him – no more kissing of the badge – and after he scored he kept thumping on the badge with his right hand – but he was obviously delighted to score in his come-back game – and we have to say his reaction showed just how much he has appreciated the way the club has helped him over the last few difficult months.

And apparently Oba was the official penalty taker last night, but like he did with the last minute penalty against Fulham last December – Joey took the ball, showed mountains of guts and courage and easily scored both times.

Kinnear said after the game:

“Joey grabbed it and put it away and I’m pleased for him.” “Oba was fine – he was the first to congratulate Joey.”

“We’ve been practicing penalties between Joey, Nicky Butt, Oba and Shola. Joey’s one of the best finishers in the club. He strikes the ball well, and has a lot of bottle.”

“Mind you, he would have been in serious trouble if he hadn’t scored!”

Kinnear believes that Barton now has the opportunity to create a good relationship with the home fans, who were delighted after the penalty, and also expects him to live up to his price tag – which we thought was £5.8M.

Joe continued:

“He’s been bought for over £5m and he’s got to play up to that price. He’s got to be given every chance but in football terms he’s done himself a power of good tonight.”

“Joey’s on fire. Some people won’t give him a chance but he’s a very popular lad, very popular in the dressing-room and with the team. He’d even be chirpy and confident enough to want to be the regular penalty-taker.”

“He’s a good player and he’s got an important part to play. He’s an expensive buy so he’s got to give something back to the club.”

Joey showed that not only is he a naturally good player, but he now has something to prove.

The TV commentators last night had it right, when they said if Barton can now become a disciplined player both off and on the field, he has the chance to become a role model in football – given the terrible antics of his past.

Just think of that for a while – and it’s true – if Joey can only behave himself – and keep off the drink.

He has a long way to go before we know if he can do that – but that should be Joey’s aim, and of course playing well for our club and oh yes – scoring goals.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Taiwantoon

    Oct 29, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Really good first half performance from Joey, hope he keeps repeating it. For both half 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Oct 29, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Joey, Jonas, Coloccini and Shay, our only players who are consistently good……………and maybe Beye.

    Good work Joey, he was the brain of the team yesterday, make him captain now and piss everyone off.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Duffer looked good to me and kept the threat going all of the game. Towards the end he was the only one who seemed to realise that running towards the West Brom end with the ball was a good way to keep them from attacking.

  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    joey, you can become an absoloute legend and a england international, keep it up fella

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    magpie6699-exactly, one of the oldest pair of legs out there for us and he was the only one that seemed to realise that if we run at them with 5 mins to go, the ball isnt in our box and its going to be considerably harder for them to equalise,lol.
    Andy Carroll did more in 2 or 3 mins last night than he did in the 10 or so he was on against citeh also.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Barton is 10x better than Butt,i hope with his performance yesterday will kick Butt out of the starting line up for good.
    I don’t hate Butt and i think he’s a great person in football but he simply doesnt have what it takes to compete 90 minuted every week.
    He should be only used maximum 15 minutes per game and that’s only if we’re winning,to give us more defensive cover.

  • JP

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Barton played well in the 1st half but faded after the break (which is to be expected until he gets a few games under his belt). Duff played well all game. Just a shame that Taylor seems to be more interested in looking good and waving his arms around, rather than getting on with some defending.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8


  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Toon King Jonas has played four games for us…how can you consider him consistent.

  • cg

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    agree with magpie6699.

    Duff seemed somewhat alone on the going forward bit at 70+ minutes, saw him repeatedly and annoyed wave shola and co. onward up the field.
    Sure showed he had a lot of running left in his legs too, excellent breaking through just wish there was more people to recieve and handle the gifts after such a run. Shola – allthough new and improved, unfortunately still is a lot of miss and his waving arms keeps going for the defender throats are uncessesary.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I truly believe he has the attributes to become England international if he stays out of trouble.
    He will be our Lampard or Gerrard in the upcoming games.

  • skin d

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #12

    it,s butt and barton midfield for me,young gutherie is starting to suffer in there.
    gutherie needs to be taken out of the firing line.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    When everyone’s fit,this should be our line up



  • MattyDread

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    If he keeps himself out of trouble, Barton will find himself with the captain’s armband before long.

    If he continues from last night through to the end of the season he’ll more than justify his transfer fee.

  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    iv only just seen joeys celebration when he scored last night, beating the clubs badge, that is what i love to see, he will be our next captain, he will score 8 goals plus this season.

  • p

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Well done Joey, good to see him on the pitch and not on the front/back pages again. Played well first half, wish he’d shown a bit more attacking spirit in the second but he wasn’t alone there…
    Looks like we may have a team again with him and Jonas back. Just pray Butt stays injured and maybe Geremi gets crocked too! 😉

  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t lets get carried away with Joey’s match last night.
    ‘Absolute legend’ and ‘Joey for captain’ now is it?
    Just shows how starved of a half decent performance (and that wasn’t one) and a desperate for a handful of points we have become.
    And its sad to see the fickle fans appreciation of Butt’s efforts and intelligent play. I’ll be glad to see Butt playing WITH Guthrie and Barton in some games where Butt can sit without having to cover the whole pitch. He protect the back 4 and use his reading to hold a lead as the other pair failed to do against West Brom..


    Oct 29, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Thought Guthrie and Joey did well together yday.
    Shola also was a good threat,he has been a different player this time around.
    Good team on paper and we just need them all fit now.
    Howay the lads

  • Teazy

    Oct 29, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Barton is a natural born leader, IF he keeps himself right he is captain material. He is the nearest thing I have seen to Roy Keane on a football pitch, passion, commitment and a must win attitude. I hope he leaves the past behind and proves all the doubters wrong. Come on Joey lad!!

  • sirjasontooon

    Oct 29, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Hope he stays out of trouble and we all get behind him.

    Always had faith in jb.

  • reillers

    Oct 29, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    He was my MOTM anyway. He may have a few wee things wrong with ihm but bottle isn’t one of them. He should great nerve to take the penalty, with all the pressure of that anyway, but the fact that it was him meant double the pressure. But what I loved is that he went up and grabbed the ball. He was going to take it.
    He in a wee way is a small bit like Roy Keane, Keane if he hadn’t been straightened out who knows what way he would have went. But he was Fergie did it for him and he’s now the greatest midfielder of his generation, the best players that the Premiership has seen. He was given a second, give Joey his. He served his time, now lets get on with it. I’m not saying that he’s going to captain the club to countless of tropheys but he’s passion and fire. He showed passion and in his celebration as well, he lifted the ground. That’s passion that we’ve only seen from Given.
    Barton did himself and us proud yesterday and I hope he keeps it up.


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