Joey Barton Playing His Part This Season – So Far


We’ve been watching Joey Barton this season, as he continued even last season to get into some trouble, especially with then manager Alan Shearer.

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Joey Barton – did his bit yesterday


Joey came to Newcastle, when most fans wished he hadn’t, when Sam Allardyce signed him from Manchester City two years ago.

At that time City  were only too happy to get rid of him, following a training ground incident involving fellow player, Frenchman Ousmane Dabo.

And then when he came to Newcastle it took him less than 6 months to get into more trouble, when on December 27th of that year, at 5:30 am in the morning in the Liverpool City Center, CCTV cameras caught him beating up a youngster.

For that offense, which happened while he was on Newcastle’s books, he was jailed, and served out his jail time in the summer of last year.

But so far this season, there have been no such despicable episodes, either on or off the field.

We noticed Joey put in a good solid performance against Leicester City a couple of weeks ago, and again yesterday, when  he played very well indeed in Newcastle’s midfield, and showed the class that Newcastle have in their talented but tiny squad.

It’s not surprising that Joey looks good this season, because after all he was a good player in the Premier League.

We want more of this over this season from Joey, where it seems he should want to do his talking on the field.

We are hoping a more mature Joey Barton will emerge this season, and that will be good for both Joey and the Newcastle club.

Here’s hoping.



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38 comments so far

  • shrews mag

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Barton didn’t really shine, but the all round effort from the team was superb.

    Not sure if anyone else went to the game yesterday but I thought the Cardiff crowd were poor. I heard stories of the support being ‘hostile’ (in a ‘good atmosphere’ sort of way) but after the initial kick off, and the first goal, they were as quiet as mice.

    Nile had a nightmare … in the warm up … and was getting some stick from the fans behind the goal for his inability to hit the target with headers, or shots at any given distance. However I thought he had a great game up front on his own.

    I would like to see chopra back at the toon … he looked sharp yesterday …

    Note for anyone visiting Cardiff City in the future … the ground has an away fans car park directly adjacent to the away entrance and its £5.00. Well worth it … as parking is a nightmare around the ground and the city.

    Great day out … TOP OF THE LEAGUE …

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I mst have watched a different game Ed. From where i was sitting – in the stands at Cardiff – he looked tired, lacking in pace and gave the ball away needlessly a few times after trying to be too clever.

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  • shrews mag

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    toonsy // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    what did you think of the home crowd … ??

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Have to agree with the comments above, for me in every game Barton has played in he has looked 3 yards off the pace. Is he carrying a long standing problem?

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  • batty

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    barton hasent had a good game yet this season

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    … other than hostility of course.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    To add to Shrews Mag’s point. If that car park is full there is an industrial area just before you hit the ground. I parked in there, its free, but i would cover shirts up on the way walking there and back just to be careful.

    After the goal, that shut the Cardiff fans up. Chopra took a dive to win the free kick just before half time.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    shrews mag // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    I was sitting near enough next to them and they were quite hostile to start with but soon calmed down.

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  • batty

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    any 1 going to blackpool ?

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Have to be honest, toonsy’s review is far closer to the truth than your’s Ed. Barton is lacking five yds and is far too complacent and occasionally trying to be too cute. He also tries to make up for it with wasteful ‘cup final’ balls. One in six normally come off. Lovely when they do but when the other five break up play it’s no good. He did chase back and chase down well within the unit but should be offering us more than that.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    batty // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    No mate, working! I was hoping Blackpool was going to be on the weekend.

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  • Mark-o

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    I also agree with the above comments. Barton has been out worst player in the last few games. Well off the pace, passing has been woeful and its only a matter of time before he has one of his wild lunges at someone (a la Alonso last season)

    Think that goal is just what Colocini needs tho, boost his confidence a bit.

    But, hey, dont matter much if we keep grinding out results like that.

    Wouldnt have Chopra back, couldnt hit a cows backside with a Banjo and the 3 free kicks he had all hit the wall. Not good enough.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Barton seems to have been turned into a defensive midfielder. Why?

    The size of our squad is already being shown up. We are playing Barton (centre Mid) on the wing and Nolan (Cen Mid) up front.

    How can we get the best out of them playing them out of position all the time.

    We’ve had a great start and we cannot take anything away from them but it just goes to show how poor this league is.

    Cardiff were poor IMO but I still don’t think we’ll finish in the top 3.

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, Ed – but I thought quite the opposite. He’s just not been good enough to justify a start in a team overflowing with midfielders.

    To justify his cost to us in salary, reputation and risk, he’d have to be our stand-out midfielder, and he just isn’t. Thought he was pretty poor in every game he’s played this year.

    Of course, I’m biased – I wish he’d been fired long ago – but I tried to look at him as if he was a different player yesterday – and I thought he was pretty awful. Failed to make any inroads, didn’t make the byline once, hardly got past any players, and constantly lost posession.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    It was nice to see Colo come over to the fans after the game aswell, and Danny Simpson!

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  • Nobby_Long

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ve been surprised by Barton’s lack of effectiveness to be honest. At Championship level I expected him to be able to take games by the scruff of the neck, but he’s looked off the pace & doesn’t really seem ‘up for it’.

    The type of player he is supposed to be (although we haven’t really seen it from him at all) you would have expected him to be driving the team forward with pace and power, but not as yet.

    Perhaps he’s trying to keep his temper under control and that has detracted from his naturally aggressive style of play.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Stuart79 – Why are you so negative?

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  • batty

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    toonsy // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Stuart79 – Why are you so negative?
    <<<< that quite positive for stu because a couple of week ago he was saying we would be relegated lol

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Yes!..

    …But i’m sure we can find somethin’ to whine about!?!..

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    While I’m happy with the result, I am far from happy with the team at the moment – apart from that excellent back four. (Enrique MOTM for me.)

    It was clear that we had a back four, then five central “battling” midfielders and one kid. No width, no pace, no creativity.

    We need wingers – quick, specialist ones – and fast. Sooner or later this fantastic streak will come to an end, confidence will drop a bit, and we’ll be seeing 0-0 draws week after week.

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    I think Barton gets a lot of stick from fans, both home and away, I also think we are over critical because of his past and his reputation, however, based on what I have seen of him this season, I would quite happily see him dropped. Off the pace, dreadfull passing and looking out of place. This is a player that made his name in this division too remember. Drop him for a couple of games till he sorts his head out.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    toonsy // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Stuart79 – Why are you so negative?

    Because for the last 15 years I’ve been positive and look where it’s got me…

    I’m being realistic and looking at the bigger picture.

    Anything else is just blind loyalty and an opinion like that is from someone who doesn’t know anything about football.

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Hold on a minute here lads….

    Firstly Ed; in my opinion there is no need to drag up again Barton’s muddied past! Let’s leave that for the sourthern journos and lets allow joey to play his football!

    Secondly; lads come on man! Joey is a central midfielder! In the last two games he has been asked to play out wide! Not his natural position! On top of that he had to play aginst leicester when not fully fit because we didnt have anyone else! He is working hard for the team.

    Thirdly; we are top of the league for god’s sake! Let’s enjoy it and lets be positive.

    @ Dragonera…after colo’s performance yesterday you could well be right! He is looking a lot better and hopefully he is gaining confidence from the team’s clean sheets and scoring a great goal yesterday!

    In short…Let’s get behind the whole team; including Joey Barton! Play him in the middle of the park and he will shine; play him out wide and he will do a steady job for the team; which he has done in the last two games!

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Whumpie // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Agree 100%

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    I can’t believe I’m being negative on the back of such a great run – but I really didn’t enjoy the match because we just didn’t play exciting football.

    On the up-side, though – I’m starting to think that even though we’re playing in the Chumpionship, this run is still something pretty special. If you put even one of the top 4 prem sides against 6 CCC sides in a row, how many would get results like ours?

    Amazing stuff, even if we did ride our luck yesterday.

    Nailed-on penalty from Steve T’s arm. But when you’re winning, that’s the way it goes, and we’re due some luck!

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Go Kev!..

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Anybody else think the referee was the biggest clown since Billy Smart? A complete joke of a man in my opionion.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Whumpie – Once Jonas is back we should be ok

    Harper

    Simpson Taylor Colo Enrique

    R.Taylor 2 0f Nolan/Smith/Butt/ Jonas
    Barton/Guthrie

    Ameobi Loven

    Whilst we still need cover, it is just that, cover. We have some great kids coming through but i dont want them playing week in week out yet. With that starting 11 we can bring some in as subs. We have Guthrie who can play on the right and Barton who can play on the left. R.Taylor can play a lot of positions aswell. I’d like Jonas back soon as him and Enrique have been ripping it up so far. They seem to have an understanding and know how to work with each other.

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  • Nick D

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Thought barton was very poor yesterday.
    people keep saying take his psycho nutter side out of the equation and he’s a great payer. sorry aint seen it yet. always looks unfit to me.

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  • bri h

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    when i seen the title of this thread i nearly fell off my chair .i think barton has been very poor in fact our worst player this season.A player of bartons ability should be dominating midfield in this league.Hes 2 yards off pace and his passing has been nothing short of shocking.i cant believe im saying this but i would have geremi ahead of joey at the moment

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  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #31

    Stuart79 // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    15 years? That all lol, just kidding. Dont get me wrong, i know where youre coming from. I wasn’t expecting anything this season but now were on a decent run why not enjoy it? Im actually enjoying going to games again at the moment.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    We have not seen the real Barton over the last 2 years…The lad used to be explosive and scored some cracking goals as well….I still have faith in him but he needs to start producing more regularly and chipping in with some goals.

    Come on Joey!!

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  • baldynapper

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #33

    I hope that Barton is replaced by Jonas on the left when he returns……….When is he due back?? Anyone??

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #34

    punk/kev – isn’t it the age-old argument though?

    Get behind the lads at the game but forums like this allow us to be constructively critical. It’s surely glaringly obvious he’s out of sorts.

    I hope Barton and the management also know he needs sharpening up and that his distribution needs to improve.

    That’s not to say I’m not behind him 100% when he steps over that white line.

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  • Davies

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #35

    I thought Barton was average yesterday, rather than poor. He did look a little slower than usual. He wasn’t our worst player yesterday though; Guthrie was unusually anonymous until he was taken off. Still, 3 points. No real complaints for me.

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Bowburn,
    just tryin’ to even it up a little mate!..
    …The whole team is fight in’ tooth & claw to get us back up & out of this league…The whole team!..
    …Which makes a nice change…If some of the ‘under-achievers’ keep gettin’ games i like to think they’ll get their form back!..
    …Altho’ i’m pretty sure Joey et al don’t actually need my support, do they?..
    …Yesterday, like all games so far this season, have been great team efforts, long may it reign!..
    …Hate to leave anyone out!..

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 14, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Barton should not be in a Newcastle shirt full stop.

    He has been nothing but trouble since he’d been here and we are now paying him £65K a week to be average on the field.

    I look forward to the day when he is gone from our squad.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 14, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Barton looks VERY slow these days. He’s not getting into positions, he’s good on the ball but not much mobile.

    I’d send him on a few running trips along Whitley Bay, he needs to improve his engine.

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