Another important event happened during the terrific win by Newcastle United at Doncaster Rovers last night.
Joey Barton – got a good 16 minute run-out last night
That was the return of Joey Barton to the first team, as he came on for young Danny Guthrie after 74 minutes last night.
And it appears that manager Chris Hughton was pleased with the second-half contribution of the 27 year-old.
Joey of course has been missing since last September, because of a rather serious foot injury, but has finally made it back, before the end of what we hope is a promotion season.
And during the closing stages of last night’s vital game Joey looked very good in the center of Newcastle’s midfield.
After the game Chris was interviewed as usual by Newcastle United TV, and he was asked about Joey’s performance:
“It was nice to see Joey back but more so for him,””It’s a very frustrating time when you’re out and, come the end, you’re chomping at the bit to get back in.”
“We felt it was the right time to bring him on because we needed some fresh legs in there and, of course, Joey’s experience helped.”
“I was delighted to see him back and I thought it was a good contribution when he came on.”
If Joey continues to look good in training then there will be increased competition for the central midfield positions, and if we can get promotion sooner rather than later, then Joey will get more starts towards the end of the season.
But with him looking so good last night he will get more appearances in the upcoming important games, as the Tyneside club attempts to nail down an automatic promotion spot.