We suppose the best thing about yesterday’s game is that we didn’t expect anything out of it, and if Hull City lose at Villa Park tonight, we will not have lost any points on the rest of the relegation teams, but just one more game has slipped by. Of course we haven’t gained any points either.
Joey Barton – now misses rest of the season
And Alan Shearer was right when he said there will still be twists and turns in during the rest of the season, after Joey Barton, who was making his first appearance since January, got himself sent off with a straight red card, which means he will be suspended for the final 3 games.
How’s that for shooting yourself in the head?
Liverpool were left hoping Alonso’s season, who was on the receiving end of a terrible Barton tackle, is not over, after the midfielder was stretchered off with a badly bruised ankle.
Alan was less than happy with Joey Barton, as he said:
“I thought it was the correct decision and we now miss him for the rest of the season (through suspension),” “I’m not happy.”
“He’s let the football club down, he’s let himself down.” “He’s apologised. He wasn’t unlucky, it was the right decision.”
If we do end up relegated that will likely be the last appearance of Joey in a black and white striped shirt, and his two years on Tyneside have been terrible, to say the least. It seems there will be no happy ending for Joey and Newcastle – unless we can still survive.
Shearer was not too clear of how he would punish Joey, but it will probably be a couple of week’s wages (£120K), but obviously this is another blow for Newcastle and for Joey himself. We really had thought that he could have been a star man in Newcastle’s final 3 games.
God helps those who help themselves, and we have had no help from above this year – that’s for sure – and that should tell us something.
We need to beat the hapless Middlesbrough and a good Fulham side at home to survive, and while we hope we can do that, the lads have shown us nothing that says they are capable of that.
And Alan has hardly had a decent start in management with just 2 points from 5 games, over which time the team has scored one measly goal through Andy Carroll. Our overpaid “star” players have let themselves and the club down – it’s not just Joey Barton.
We’ll look forward to a massive clear-out of players at Newcastle in the summer.