Media Needs To Back Off Joey Barton

Joey Barton had one of his best games ever for Newcastle United last night.

Joey Barton – one yellow card last night and almost a second

We knew Joey was in good form but he was close to majestic last night, but still got his name taken, and even before that had a little altercation with Gabby Agbonlahor.

He was complaining to Gabby about some previous challenge, right in his face, and then he tapped Agbonlahor’s nose with his finger – it wasn’t much at all, but still something Joey must not do in the circumstances. He is sitting on a volcano right now, whenever he plays for Newcastle.

Of course the commentators made a huge deal of this, and no doubt will want it to be reviewed by the FA and blown up into a huge media event, so they can have big headlines and sell their papers, at Joey’s expense. We have already seen the headlines about it this morning.

On the other hand we think Joe must have a word with Barton about this, because it will take something as small as this to upset his comeback into the game, after serving time in jail. Joey has almost no leeway for any bad behavior on the field.

Barton was Newcastle’s best player last night, and at half time our last sentence in our HT report was Potential match winners for Newcastle are Martins, Jonas and Barton in midfield.

Martins scored 2 good second-half goals, Jonas was good all night and made Oba’s second goal with brilliant wing play, and Barton has another excellent game and made the pass from the half way line Oba’s first goal.

So it was obvious on the first half showing, how dangerous these three looked for Newcastle. Oba so far has 59% of the vote for our MOM, with Barton second with 14%, and Jonas Gutierrez next with 13%.

Still lots of time for you to get your vote in.  Overall, an excellent performance last night by the players, but Joey has to watch himself in future games.

Here’s our News Of The World report of the match last night.

Comments very welcome.

39 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Spot on Ed. Even Graham Poll stirring the pot by saying that the FA could look at replays and act! Anyone else and it’d be nothing.

    He does though need to keep a grip of himself and recognise that he’s in the spotlight.

    Some good play from Joey and wow, what a second half. Pity Oba couldn’t have got his hat-trick though.

    Great result and points welcomed. I’ve even got the oxygen mask on as I write!!!

  • PapaToon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    nothing too major that happened. But Joey needs to have self restraint. Alan Shearer is a great example of how to behave on the field.

  • Doocey

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    True, there wasn’t much in it really.
    I just hope he HAS changed and will carry on his form to strive Newcastle up the table =)

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    The media needs to get off Barton’s back,that’s for sure.Rooney had some boiling point issues lately but i don’t see the media attacks him the way the’re attacking Barton.
    All in all,i really hope that Barton won’t get any trouble this time from the FA.
    If this excellent form from our team continues we can be in the top 7 by New Year.
    Gee,i’m soo happy i haven’t got the right words to describe how i feel atm.

  • Toony

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    The Barton incident was blown out of all proportion by Setanta and Graham Poll in particular. What about when Barton was wresteled to the ground and not given a free kick. Milner’s tackle on Taylor which was no different from Barton’s “studs-up” tackle. The lad had a very good game and was instrumental in our victory. But, Barton needs to be careful everyone will be trying to wind him up and refs will be looking at Barton’s behaviour not that of the wind-up merchant. Henry Winter’s article in the Telegraph today is a good unbiased summary of the game.

  • Estechco

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Whilst he had an ‘ok’ game, I thought Collocini, Butt, Martins and yes possibly even Shola had better ones

  • LP_6

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    As I said in a previous thread, he just needs to be a bit more careful, it may just be a bit of banta between him and gabbi, but the media will blow it up!! On a positive note I think we’re starting to see why he was brought to the club in the first place. he has a touch of class in his game! as well as being very competitive.

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Its not just Agbonlahor that will be trying to wind Barton up from now on. Every player that plays against him will be trying to get a reaction from him.

    Barton needs to rise above it and just get on with it.

    Agbonlahor wrestled Barton to the ground last night and he gave VILLA a freekick! Thats why Joey had a problem with Agbonlahor.

    IMO, Agbonlahor deserved to get his big nose swiped at for sticking it in Bartons face in the first place, however, Gabby’s reaction afterwards (the stupid look on his face for the cameras) was pretty pathetic and this was intended to get Barton into trouble.

    Barton should be aware of this for the rest of his career and should just get his head down and just play football

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    i agree lads, i feel sorry for barton sometimes. he will get there though and will be a good player for newcastle for years to come.

  • UTD111

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree with your points Ed. Barton has been a scumbag in the past but has paid heavily for that – even to the extent where United lost his services for 6 games for something which happened at Man City 15 months earlier!
    Its a worry that certain elements of the london media seem hell bent on hounding him out of the game.
    He needs a Shearer/Owen “how to be professional and walk away from conflict” injection!!

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Attributed to Graham Poll……

    Former World Cup referee Graham Poll feels the book should be thrown at Barton, who he said tried to “do” Agbonlahor. “Should he have been sent off? I don’t think you can argue against it,” he said. “If Steve Bennett had seen the situation you can’t deny it. He had tried to knock his lip.”

    Perhaps he should learn to button his lip before he trips over it and falls into his own mouth?

  • Newckie

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    How sad are certain elements of the media?

    The Toon gets a fantastic win over Villa and enjoys a meteoric rise from 20th to 14th place and the media pick up on Barton’s little incident.

    Get A Life Media! What a sad bunch of of bar stewards, you lot are

    Some people go through life with a half full glass, some half empty.
    These mung beans would accuse the world of stealing some of their water and call for a royal commission.

    I think after all the flack Joey has copped, he has coped pretty dam well and raised above the gutter mungs (not hard like) and played well..

    Fantastic win lads, well done!!

    Good article ED – Media – Take Note!

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Poll’s comments are as daft as Gabby Agbonlahor’s face!

  • LooneyToon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14


  • tino97

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #15

    I think the media want to see Joey punished. On SSN today Steve Curry was saying the FA need to act and he mentioned Graham Poll comments about Joey trying to ‘do him’. I think he only brushed his nose, nothing serious. Its a physical and emotional game. I don’t think Agbonlahor will survive!! Will the FA act on those Sunderland fans who pelted Barton with coins and bottles. Probably not. I can see Joey getting banned for this.


    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Steve Curry also had a go at Joey this morning saying the FA should throw the book at him Southern media mafia get a grip.

  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    I would dismiss anything Graham Poll says as he looked like a right arse about beye#s card and did the same last night about barton. You could lip read Barton telling abgolawhats his face to shut up.

    Joey was on fire last night and my heart was pounding like hell for 90+ minutes.

    I love the highs but hate the lows.

    Need 3 points on Sun or we are back down again.


  • carl

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    agbonlahor is a gobby little sh*t, if the replays are shown you can clearly see barton saying , stop the lip!, its a mountain out of a mole hill, and i wish the press would just stop. saying our victory is overshadowed by barton, what a load of bull.come on the toon, well done last night

  • carl

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    im off to fulham on sunday, and cant really see us losing, another 3 points and were strarting to climb the league.when you look at it , it was only jonas, martins ,beye,enrique,bartons first couple games bk from injury and shola isnt a regular, so theirs plenty more to look forward too

  • ToonRich

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Why did Mr.Poll quit ref’in…because he was absolutely s**te at it, so how can anybody take what he says seriously. Setanta are just as bad for employing him!!
    Yes Joey needs to be careful as to how he reacts, but refs must to their jobs properly and possibly give him a little more protection from the wind ups, a bit like the way Ronaldo use to get when he’d get every freekick!
    Keep ya head down Joey, and keep performing thats all we ask 🙂

    howay the lad 😉

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    As a result of Barton’s past he will have to get used to being intimidated by opposition players and fans……

    He could well have been sent off last night!

    He needs to learn to keep his hands down and mouth shut when under provocation.

    In closing, Barton played very well last night and hope the PL do not make an issue of this incident.

  • Toon Chicken

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Joey Barton is utterly defenceless. He may have played well last night but there can be no excuse for raising your hands to another players face – no matter how trivial it might have been. Everyone knows that if you so much as flick, slap or even punch another player in the face it is an instant red card. I hope Joey get’s away with this, but he will have to count himself very lucky if he does, because if the FA do decide to take action that will mean a six game suspension for JB and all that good work will be undone.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Barton smudges agbonthe hoares lipstick, how sad…i guess if y’stick y’big baby lip out…
    …Poll is a Toon hater of the highest degree, wank*r!..Good point tino97, where was all the media hate directed at the queersiders for the coin/bottle hoyin’…Selective or what?..
    …They hate it when we win, it’s all about vile losin’…They were played off the park & never really threatened, i felt pretty relaxed throughout…Our defense was solid, no mention of that in the press, i wager…They’ll be waitin’ to slag us off & drag out the typical shite if/when someone makes a mistake that leads to a goal, no doubt…igor at spuds is a miracle worker & JK is…Ignored really!..Fu*k ’em!..
    …We don’t need the press…

    …So, if there’re any pleb hacks tunin’ in today, piss off, you are not welcome, give it your best shot with your rancid, hackneyed drivel!..

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    Gabby had every right to react the way he did. He could have hit the deck or grabbed at his eyes the way some would have but he didn’t so credit to him.

    I don’t care what happened Barton needs to keep his goddamn hands to himself. You know what 99% of us manage to do it everyday with no problems. If he gets his ban reinstated he cant complain he only has himself to blame.

  • Macas

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Barton is an idiot and always will be, he should have been sent off and will maybe get a 6 match ban because of it. Rules are rules, if you raise your hand to another player’s face you get sent off, thats just the way it is. Yes it was trivial but players have been sent off for simliar incidents in the past. I dont think he will ever learn to control himself.

  • LooneyToon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #26,17033,13320_4453746,00.html

    good article….

    This is being blown way way way out of proportion….and getting very very very boring…Joey Barton had a very good game last night and dominated the midfield that included a certain Gareth Barry…Thats what we should be talking about…Not some poke in the nise he gave sum d*ck who had just launched him….We could go through the whole prem fixture list and point out numerous incidents every single weekend that should be “punished”. However this is Joseph…and he cannot do owt right…bollox

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #27

    trial by the Toon-hatin’ me, me, media!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #28

    Gabby?..You his marra?..


  • kinnear the king

    Nov 4, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #29

    this is typical of them c**ts in the media a superb win and all there talkin about is this stupid incident joey barton has been a revelation since his return i hope every one ignores this bull sh**

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    interestin’ article looneytoon, will wonders ever cease!..About time tho’, well said that man!..

  • seetow

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    who is graham poll? oh wait, he’s the only referee ever who managed to show a yellow card 3 times to the same player.

  • BenjiToon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Can’t believe I’m doing this but I’m sticking up for Joey. Now, lets not re-write history, Joey has done some appalling things that should not be forgotten …and that’s regardless of who he is and what he does for a living.

    But he HAS been punished by the law and the FA. He has taken his punishment, pleading guilty and not complaining about it. He has also started (only started mind) to show signs of reforming.

    Should his past actions colour judgement of his present actions? Well, not according to our legal system and not unless he repeats the type of behaviour of his past. A tap on the nose is not violence in my book, even if it is a bit naughty and provocative. Which, by the way is a very mild description of Abonglahor’s tackle and foul (misread by the ref) on Barton earlier in the game.

    Barton hd a right to be aggrieved at the player and the ref. He expressed this in the wrong way but mostly he just got on with the game.

    But is there a press man in the country who will see it this way?

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Well put BenjiToon,
    check out looneytoons link, it’s amazin’!..

  • ToonTex

    Nov 4, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Look — I hope Barton can sort himself out. I really do. But we have to agree, that incident was just at tiny bit of guff from a young English player and Barton couldn’t help but get his hand up. If he can’t properly sort out a younger English player in a small situation like that, what is he going to do in a REAL high pressure game where everyone is trying to wind him up.

    His anger issues are obviously unresolved. He is under the microscope–he know’s it–and still can’t help himself.

    Sell him and concentrate on rehabilitating Guthrie. Then our thug element is manageable.

    Sell him.

  • NobbY!

    Nov 4, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #35

    I think Joey needs an on-field mentor, especially one that can teach him to keep his temper in check. I remember when Wayne Rooney had a similar problem years back, and Becks helped him through it.

    So Joey jus’ needs a calm, experienced mentor, and friend… Perhaps Damien Duff, Michael Owen, or even Nicky Butt?

  • barton 55

    Nov 4, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #36

    nobby i think your right if barton just sorts his own problems out with some help i think he will be a smashing player

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 4, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Barton didnt help himself but it was nothing really. The ref clearly was biased, like when the free kick was given against Barton when Gabby threw him to the floor.

    The media will obviusly forget to mention that the “so great 17 million pound” midefiler gareth barry wasnt mentioned all night due to Barton and Butt controlling the midfield. I only noticed Reo-Coker was playing when Jonas skinned him in the last 10 minutes.

  • Kelvin Koogan

    Nov 4, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Poll was being a complete w*nker. It was a nothing incident, anybody can see that.
    I watched on Setanta and I could sense the disappointment from them. The media are loving what they see as the demise of the Toon. They would love to have a big club relegation story this year.
    Butt had probably his first decent game for us as well, and the Duffer is starting to shine as well. We can get the next 6 points

  • tripp

    Nov 4, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #39

    On Setanta they briefly showed the RVP red card from this weekend. And then they go on about Barton for 5 bloody minutes… no one had the cobbles to point out how absurdly different those two incidents were to each other. Where was the rant about RVP’s behavior. It’s not the first time he’s been sent off for something incredibly stupid and yet you hear nothing about it.


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