One reason we were happy with the point yesterday at WBA was before the game there was even more upset behind the scenes when Joey Barton on Friday apparently had an altercation with Argentine pair Coloccini and Gutierrez.
Joey Barton – came on after 75 minutes yesterday
The furore over Barton certainly couldn’t have helped the lads yesterday at the start of the game..
The Scouser’s spat with the Argentine pair saw him start on the bench, and he eventually got on after 75 minutes and almost made the winner for Kevin Nolan who had a clear header from Joey excellent free-kick, but missed badly.
Hughton refused to be drawn on the incident after the game as he said:
“Joey was part of the squad that traveled with us. As always decisions had to be made, and the decision was to go with two big lads up front.”
“Joey took it the same as everybody else would – he was disappointed.” “But that’s the decision that was made.”
And on Taylor’s rampage in the press, where he rightly labeled the Newcastle club now a complete joke, Hughton diplomatically added:
“What we have had over a period of time is a lot of things said. We are all aware of where we are as a club, and its important we focus on matters on the pitch.”
Chris is right of course that the players will just have to get on with it and it will be important to amass as many points during August as we can, and then hope somehow the club gets sorted out – by somebody – before September.
I mean it’s not rocket science what needs to be done, we need a full time manager and he needs to somehow get in a couple of full backs and a striker and a few additional players and unload some of the high wage earners – and that’s just for a start.
With just 3 weeks to go until the transfer window slams shut we just don’t know if any of that can be achieved.
But the stand-in manager seemed happy with a point in the season’s opening game:
“The most important thing is to have got the game under our belts. We had a feelgood factor at the end of the game, particularly having gone behind.”
“We always knew it was going to be very tough today – probably most people would have felt that West Brom would win – so for us to come away with a draw was a good result.”
It turned out to be a good result for the lads and a decent performance which shows if we can get some organization behind the scenes and have the lads concentrate on their football, and not be distracted by any more Newcastle soap operas, we have to have a decent shot at promotion this season.