Joey Barton dedicated his goal yesterday, direct from a free-kick, to the Newcastle United medical staff.
Joey Barton – celebrating after Newcastle’s second goal yesterday
The medical staff has helped Joey back from his third serious foot injury since he’s been on Tyneside.
And after the Liverpudlian scored he rushed to the dugout to celebrate his goal with the Newcastle back-room staff – physios Dave Henderson and Derek Wright and doctor Paul Catterson, who have all done the job for the Newcastle club this season.
Joey was making his first start since last September, and it looked like it in the first half, but Joey was much better in the second 45 minutes, and of course he will need games to get sharper.
After the game, which Newcastle won without playing well at all, Joey talked about his goal direct from a free kick 20 yards out:
“When I scored I came straight over to the medical staff; Hendo, Derek Wright and the Doc.” “They have spent a lot of time with me to get it right so that goal was for them.”
“They were probably sick of me come the end but they were great with me and I thank them for that.” “I’m delighted to be back and it was great to get a start.” “It’s been a long, hard road for me toiling away in the gym.”
“But moment’s like today are what it’s about and are worth the hard work that goes into getting back.” “I still feel like I can get a lot sharper and show what I’m about.”
“But it’s just great to be back for now and is a privilege to come back into this squad.”
Good words from Joey, and it we’d love to see Joey back to his top form before this magic season comes to an end, four weeks today.
Joey could become a key player for Newcastle next season in the Premiership but the Liverpool-born player has so far played only 41 times for Newcastle in the 31 months he’s been on Tyneside.
Yesterday’s goal was only his 3rd for the club, and Joey has started just 29 times for Newcastle, so we look to Joey being more available next season.
We’ll need all the Premier League experience we can get in the side, if we are to survive next season, in England’s top division.