When The Going Gets Tough Newcastle Turn It Up A Notch

Joey Barton had a big part to play in last night’s game, both good and bad – he was the hero and villain.

Joey Barton – delighted with win

He missed a penalty after 86 minutes that could have won us the game, but then hit the 5th successive successful penalty to seal the win for the Magpies in th shoot-out, and didn’t the Deportivo players look devastated?

And Joey talked today to the Evening Chronicle from Spain:

“I don’t know if that one quite counts as winning a big trophy.”    “It was great for the fans who came over here, though.”“It’s more about the fitness side of it – we got what we needed and, from a selfish point of view, it was nice to get 90 minutes.”

“My legs are a bit tired and I had cramp at the end, but it was good to come through it, and it was good little penalty shoot-out by the end.”

“To be honest, the first one was a lousy penalty.”  “I was tired by that time and I thought I could get the rebound. But as I slid for it my leg just locked up and cramp kicked in.”

“Once I had a little stretch I knew I’d be up for the second one.”  “As they headed for the centre circle I told the lads to try to get it over before the fifth penalty.”

“But they never and left me with a bit of pressure.”  “It would have been unfortunate to miss two.”  “But it was happy days really by the end.”

Barton has scored two penalties for Newcastle and we remember well the one he scored at Fulham when Sam Allardyce was the manager, and which got us all 3 points after 92 minutes.

And we wouldn’t expect Joey to go into his shell if he is asked to take another penalty – after all he showed he was man enough to not only take that vital 5th penalty last night in the shoot-out – but score from it too, to give Newcastle the deserved victory and the trophy – all 3’2″ of it.

Joey continued:

“I would do the job again if asked.” “But I think Peter Lovenkrands is the best penalty taker at the club.”

“He was desperate to get the first one but I was desperate to get a goal because it’s pre-season.”“I just felt confident and I was on set plays – it was a bit Roy of the Rovers really.”

“I missed the first one and looked a bit stupid. But I got the chance to redeem myself and knocked the fifth one in to win it.” “The lads will give me stick but I have some back-up.”

Just like the lads showed on Saturday – when the going gets tough these lads start to motor, and they again did what was necessary to win this tight game last night, and we had some of our top players missing too.

Sounds good to us – bring on Glasgow Rangers.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • webbo

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Well in joey lad good to see u back u little dog of war

  • ginkoh

    Aug 4, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Classic game from Joey ! Howay the lads !!

  • barryvenison

    Aug 4, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Barton played well lastnight and i think he should start for us in the center of the park despite the rapist stash. He can pass the ball much better than anyone else in our side and does have the odd bit of creativity.

  • baro

    Aug 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4

    At the moment it is 70 minute. 3-1 Newcastle reserves loosing to former reserve/academy coach Richard Money.


  • baro

    Aug 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Reserves :

    Nufc 1-4 Luton Town

    Nile Ranger goalscorer.

  • lewman

    Aug 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #6

    reserves lost but our under 15s are doing ok in the world club youth cup thingy, we beat psg and we beat some indian team 5-0 today according to the official club website.

  • howay man

    Aug 4, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #7

    quite possibly one of the most competitive friendlies ive ever seen, Joey had a good game and nice to see another trophy for our lads, no matter how ridiculous it is. 🙂

  • Toon XI

    Aug 4, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #8

    It seems there is a trend with this team. They start slow! This will hurt us in the Prem. They must motor at the first whistle, not after they’ve got themselves in some trouble.

  • Shearer

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #9

    You the man Joey (Y) 😀

  • Shearer

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #10

    looks like Clev has chose to join Wigan on loan 🙁

  • G

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t believe how much younger Barton looks without the ‘porn star’ tache!

  • Shearer

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #12

    :L Agree @G

  • G

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Newsnow are reporting that Cleverly has opted to join Bolton on loan, rather than the toon. No doubt that will have all the Vucic guys drooling. I have to feel sorry for Vucic, because when he fails for being at least a year of developments short, all of the fans will call him a disappointment and waster. Another great talent knackered because your average fan at our gaff can’t wait to see the new Gascoigne, rather than let it happen when it’s ready. Still, Sky news will have yet another excuse to poke fingers and laugh at us.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m glad Vucic is going to get a chance, why bring a loan player in? CH will play Vucic as he feels fit, I think he will bring on Vucic just fine. Tom has Cleverly opted for Bolton as he will get more playing time, wherea sat NUFC he would be behind Vucic in the pecking order.
    Let Sky make excuses, make stories up, let them laugh. I have faith in NUFC, and I haven’t for a long time. Give CH the chance he deserves.

  • baro

    Aug 5, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #15

    More reports that Hatem Ben Arfa has chose Newcastle and a deal is in place that will bring him on a season long loan with a view to permanent. 🙂


  • G

    Aug 5, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Fair words Warwick, but the ‘rent a crowd’ that get on TV camera’s (no tickets, wear baseball caps and burbery) don’t see it that way, hence the historic destruction of many a player. HV could be a great, but he might not be, and trust me, he needs at least another year of development.

  • ooh_ahh_franz_carr

    Aug 5, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #17

    good performance last night lads, could’nt help but think we would get turned over. although i did see depor only just managed to beat Cardiff 0-1 last weekend! Never the less was an assured defensive performance, with a few flashes of good passing football(hopefully we’ll see more of this). Was a bit miffed when Hughton said both keepers had no saves to make, i can think of two more than decent saves Krul pulled off! We really ought to start thinking about making this lad no1m, fair play to Harper for his loyalty, however i think a full season as No 1 in a championship winning side was reward enough, cant help but worry when thinking back to Alonso doing him from the 70yards :o…..


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