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.
“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.