Joe Kinnear has today praised Newcastle’s midfield duo of Nicky Butt and Joey Barton.
Joe Kinnear - we were excellent on Monday night
Joe, talking to the official site this morning has described their partnership as the heartbeat of the Newcastle United side, and we have to admit they looked great on Monday night, especially in the second half.
They were up against Gareth Barry and Nigel Reo-Coker, and Joey will no doubt have impressed England manager Fabio Capello, with his all round performance on Monday night.
Barton and Butt will again be in the middle of the park on Sunday, at Craven Cottage, so it seems clear that Joe will stick with his successful 4-4-2 formation, and decide whether or not to start Michael Owen aon Sunday afternoon.
Joe said today:
“Joey was outstanding in the game on Monday – him and Nicky Butt are the heartbeat of our side,” “The pair of them have been superb and have given us a real platform to build on in the games since I’ve been here.”
“Their performances are giving everyone confidence and you can see everyone else rising up and getting a lift because of their performances.”
“I thought we were excellent on Monday – we really deserved our win and the confidence and lift that will give everyone is immense.” “We go to Fulham now with our heads held high.”
“We’re only a few points off the top half of the table, which just goes to show how tight the league is, and there is a real confidence and belief in the players.”
We assume Joe’s voice is now back, and he must have been really pleased these last two days, as hopefully he had a few days relaxation, to reflect on our great performance on Monday night.
Newcastle performed so well, and with excellent fighting spirit, against one of the better teams in the Premier League this season. Now we have to continue that form at Craven Cottage on Sunday.