Joey Barton Looked Good On Saturday

Joey Barton mad his first start for Newcastle since last September on Saturday, and after a poor first half scored Newcastle’s second goal early in the second half, direct from a free-kick, and then played very well indeed.

Joey Barton – cuddling Colin Calderwood after scoring

In fact in our poll for Man of the Match on Saturday Joey is well in the lead with 43% of the votes followed by Jose Enrique with 16%, who had another excellent game.

Joey took most of Newcastle’s set pieces in the first half, but generally had been hopeless, and then he scored the goal from 23 yards out by lifting the ball over the wall and beat the goalkeeper at the near post – an excellent goal.

Chris talked about Joey’s goal today:

“I don’t know if it was inevitable Joey would score after his set-pieces in the first half,”“I think we were all quite surprised to see it go in actually. But he worked hard in the game and it’s just a case of him getting back used to the feel of things.”

“He’s been training for five weeks now and is part of this squad. With the two games (over this Easter weekend), I am in a position to change things round a little bit. When you do that, you just hope it works.”

“He just wants to play,” “I don’t think he has a point to prove – he’s a good footballer. He hasn’t played enough football, that’s the difficulty. It’s important he gets over the injuries and is available.”

“This is just his first game back and unfortunately we’re running out of games, which is a shame for him because a fit Joey is always a plus to the squad.”

It was great to see Joey show some good form on Saturday, but there’s no way Chris will start him in two games in as many days.

We expect Danny Guthrie to come in, and with Joey having a good game on Saturday Danny will be wanting to play well tonight, as it seems Joey is one of his chief competitors for that offensive central midfield position.

As far as Joey goes we hope he has a very quiet summer, and then comes back fully fit in July, prepared to have his best season at the Newcastle club when we get back to the Premiership.

Chris’ job will be to keep the Liverpudlian fit for the season.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Apr 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I do have faith in Joey Barton as a footballer.

    If only he could get his head straight. Im not convinced yet!!

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Joey owes the club big time. He has let down successive managers, and most other clubs would have let him go a long time ago instead of allowing him to draw Prem wages while contributing nothing on the field. It will take more than a few end of season games to convince me he isn’t going to lose it again at some point.

    Personally, I’d sell him in the summer as the risk is unacceptably high.. He can become Saint Joey elsewhere.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 5, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    just shows, been back for 5 weeks and is comming good, best on the other hand,, i think you play him in every game from now til the end of the season and he wont score, :(,,

    we where poor first half cos he made to many changes in key areas, such as both wings. and up front,,.

    roll on tonight :)))))),,, dont it feel good to know we are back in the prem,,, esp now we get to watch the games :):)

  • toongloom

    Apr 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie and barton in centre midfield at home would be mint. And guthrie/smith and nolan away from home is wat i wud go for!


    Apr 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    watch him play out of his skin till the end of the season, for a move. i’d be very surprise if he stays after this summer. we need his skill, but he’s insane in the membrane

  • peterktoon

    Apr 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Joey is a good player bit not as a left-wing!

  • richietoon

    Apr 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I can only guess that those who voted him man of the match weren’t there,he didn’t play well at all.In his defence he’s been out for a while so needs time to get into his stride and he was played out of position.I’d love him to recapture his city form,since he signed for us he has only played well 2 or 3 times.You owe us Joey.HWTL

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #8

    love joey, just hope he doesnt let us down again, i remember last seson about november the 4th were we best villa 2-0 and he battred there midfeild and was untouchable

  • richietoon

    Apr 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    I remember us playin city a few years back and Joey controlled the game…….now we need to see that in black and white.HWTL


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