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.
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