Joey Barton has today insisted his clash last night with Gabby Agbonlahor, in our terrific victory over Aston Villa at St James’ Park, has been made to be a mountain out of a mole hill.
Joey Barton – showing some great form since coming back
We agree with Joey, but he still has to cut this kind of stuff out, because what we have seen since the incident is a mountain of publicity about something, that if some other player had done, would have been dismissed without interest.
Barton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I thought it was a foul against me, and I had a hold of the ball.” “We shook hands after the game and that’s the way it is. It was all about nothing.”
“Nothing has gone on, people are making a mountain out of a mole hill.” “With the referee, linesmen, the fourth official and all the television cameras, you know you cannot raise your hands these days – and at no stage have I done that.”
“I am going home to bed now and I am going to sleep with a clear conscience.” “It was a pleasure to play for Newcastle United tonight, and long may it continue.” “I felt a lot stronger, but really for me it was easy because I am playing in a good team.”
Barton did pick up a yellow card when he went in with his studs up a bit, and we thought i was a little dangerous, but nothing like the commentators were making it out to be.
“The ball is there to be won and I am going to contest it. This is a part of my game and that’s what I was brought here to do – hopefully I can just get on with it.”
What Joey can do from now on is understand that some referees, and even some players may be after him, and he must act like a saint, if he is to stay out of trouble, while not curtailing his natural aggressive play.
He looked as good as he’s ever looked in the black and white shirt last night, and it was his pass form just inside the Villa half that set up Oba’s first goal. And one thing that has positively surprised us, to give Joey some credit, is that he seems totally committed to the Newcastle club now, presumably after they stood by him, through all his difficulties in his short stay at the club (16 months).
We want him to be a success now more than ever, and if he can go through the next couple of seasons just playing good football, he can even become a role model.
Think about that. and that’s what we think he should be aiming for in the long term, and he’s made a decent start these last 3 games.