Joey Barton played very well last night, and helped his manager, Joe Kinnear, pick up his first win as interim manager of Newcastle United.
Joey Barton – good game last night
After the game, Joey talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“That was for all our fans and all the people I have let down. My only wish now is that it is the first of many.”
“People have already been asking me if this was my best moment as a Newcastle player, and it is up there with them.”
“Spurs away last season was a big, big moment, and so was my debut for Newcastle. But when you win it’s always a great moment.”
The pressure was really on Joey Barton last night, in his first start of the season at St James’ Park. That of course followed the 73 days he was in jail, but Joey not only showed he’s still a very good player, but he also conducted himself well throughout the game.
He seemed completely delighted, when he scored the penalty in the 9th minute, and the fans just loved it, and he even refrained from kissing the badge – orders from the boss no doubt.
He can only do that when he gets a hat trick. 😀
That has to continue and we are really hoping it will – but it’s going to be very difficult for Barton, make no mistake about that, as Joey will be tempted even by other players, who feel he should not still be in football.
“Once the referee pointed to the spot I really fancied it, although I know a lot of the other players did as well.” “It was never an issue. I am always one to step up to the plate and I have no problem with this sort of thing.”
“One thing that can never be levelled at me is that I have lacked courage. Through my own stupidity I have had to come back from things and this has shaped me for what I have got to do.”
Joey got the Man of the Match award last night, from the sponsors, but he was modest about that and attempted to play it down as he said:
“It was more important to get the team off on the right note and I felt that I could do that with the penalty, and that’s the way it worked out.” “As far as this man of the match award is concerned, I don’t think it should have gone to me.”
“Damien Duff was outstanding, and that’s the best I have seen him play for a number of years.” “If he can maintain that kind of form there could be exciting times ahead for this football club.” “Then Shay Given made a save at 1-0 which was absolutely vital for us.
“Perhaps I got the award because I picked up a bit of the sentimental vote. But individual awards and club plaudits are not really for me.
“It is more important that Newcastle United get the success they deserve and crave, and if we win 2-1 and I don’t score or get the man of the match award I would take that every time.”
As we mentioned earlier, the TV commentators said that if Barton could get control of himself, and also play well for at least a couple of seasons, he could well become a role model to other wayward young men.
He now has that unique opportunity, and we are pleased he is already speaking to groups about his demons and how he is trying to get a handle on them. David Beckham is a perfect model fior how he can regain the fans’ confidence.
If Joey can stick to the straight and narrow – anything is possible for him, and he can turn his life around – we hope he can do just that.