There were rumors before the game thaere had been an altercation between Joey Barton and our two Argentine players, Coloccini and Guriterrez.
Joey Barton – no problems yesterday according to spokeman
The flare-up was said to be about the commitment of the two South Americans to the Newcastle cause, and if we were to be honest we have that doubt about the two of them too.
Although yesterday they both did their best with Coloccini given a tough time by the impressive 17 year old New Zealand striker Chris Wood, and Gutierrez looked good on the left, where he works well with Enrique, but he has to improve his final ball to be more effective.
But today it appears that Barton has done little to warrant the negative headlines of yesterday and today.
Barton’s personal spokesman Paul Tyrrell said:
“There was no disagreement between Joey Barton and any other player prior to the West Brom game,”
“He totally accepted Chris Hughton’s decision to put him on the bench for tactical reasons yesterday and gave a typically committed performance when he came on as a substitute.”
“Joey is firmly focused on getting Newcastle back to where it belongs – the Premier League.”
It must have been tough for Joey to be benched, but it seems like it was a tactical move by Chris to get more power up front. And we’d like to think that Joey will be a big player for us this season, if he does stay at the club.
He certainly looked good in the last 15 minutes and put in a perfect free kick late in the game from which Kevin Nolan should have scored, and Kevin knew it.
We are certainly willing to forget this in the interests of the club, and a possible good run in the league. We have to admit we were pleasantly surprised at the team’s fighting display yesterday, and we have to hope that signals much better things to come this season.
Alan Smith was just great in midfield and ran miles yesterday and won the ball often for the Magpies – a captain’s display by Alan yesteray and we have to hope for more of the same from the Yorkshireman this season.
We’re not getting carried away with one game, but after all the negativity this summer it was a good game to watch and a decent result for the team.