The injury jinx that has been at Newcastle for a long time now, reappeared yesterday as Joey Barton limped out of the Wigan game, after only 16 minutes had elapsed on the clock.
Joey Barton – injured knee
Joey Barton left St. James’ Park on crutches last night, and will have a scan to see what the extent of his knee injury is today.
Joey was tackled by the impressive former Middlesbrough midfielder, Lee Cattermole, in the first half, and Joey was replaced soon after by Danny Guthrie, who had a decent game in the middle of the park.
Joe Kinnear talked last night about the injury:
“Joey has serious swelling and is on crutches.” “He’s going to hospital in the morning to have a scan.” “We will find out how bad it is in the morning.”
While the tackle from Cattermole was hard, it appeared to be fair, and the player was not even brought up for a foul.
Newcastle went down 1-0 very early in the game, to a great, if fortunate goal from Taylor after just 3 minutes, and it wasn’t until the 80th minute that Michael Owen leveled the scores and then Oba Martins hit a screamer after 87 minutes to put us ahead. We then thought we had all 3 points in the bag, against 10 man Wigan.
But then who would have throught that within a minute Newcastle would concede another sloppy goal, and we lost yet another 2 points.
“We probably didn’t need to give the corner away that led to the goal from Bramble.” “To get beaten by a header so late is a sickener.”
“Had we won we’d be in the top 10 because of the way this league is.”
We’ve now picked up just 1 point from games away at Fulham and at home to Wigan, and leaked 4 poor goals in the process, so these two games have been hugely disappointing to Newcastle fans, and we’re still 4th bottom of the league. Not good.
Now we face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge next Saturday, and then we are away at Middlesbrough. Time for heroes.