Deportivo players were more than unhappy not to win the game on Tuesday night, against a good Newcastle side, and they looked devastated as they left the field following their defeat.
Joey Barton – good game against Deportivo
Joey Barton was fully involved in the game in Spain, and missed a penalty after 86 minutes, but was good enough and mentally strong enough to hit that 5th penalty home for the Magpies, to give the lads the win in the shoot-out.
If Newcastle are to have a successful season coming up then Joey is one who needs to come through and also be fit for the full season, as his career at Newcastle has been interrupted too much by injury in the past, and he’s appeared just 47 times for the Magpies.
Barton talked yesterday about the game:
“We got told that this cup means a lot to this club and you can see why – it’s a magnificent trophy. They were desperate to win it.”
“It sounds crazy but they really wanted to win it.” “We came with a game plan and got what we needed out of it.” “It’s always disappointing not to win in regulation time but we won on pens.”
“With better finishing, or if I’d knocked the first penalty in, we could have won it, but at least everybody came through it injury-free.”
“Now we’ve got Rangers and then Man United, so this was a good test.” “The Depor fans were passionate which is what you want.”
“There’s nothing worse than playing in an empty stadium – it affects the players when it’s like that.”
Spanish players are getting a reputation for faking it on the field, and Ruben Perez clashed with big Andy Carroll early on, and then got in a punch on Danny Guthrie that wasn’t seen by the referee, otherwise he could well have beens sent off.
The faking of fouls and injuries was enraging during the World Cup, and most teams were big enough to cut it out fairly early on, and it makes the game so much better to watch for fans everywhere.
Joey will turn 28 in early September, and he talked about the Deportivo players rolling around at the least bit of contact on Tuesday:
“It was semi-competitive, but when you touched their players they were rolling around like fairies.”“It was frustrating – we had a Spanish referee and he was clamping down on fouls.” “We have a go at players for diving but it’s rife here.”
“It’s their way of playing, but what we were saying to the ref was that they put in some quite naughty challenges. The fact that we didn’t roll or fall on the floor and didn’t make a meal of it meant we weren’t getting free-kicks.”
“It is what it is, and it was a good experience and the lads who haven’t played have had a taste of playing in Europe now.”
Barton showed that he could well be the best passer of a ball at the club right now, and he will be pushing for a starting place against Manchester United a week come Monday.
We have to hope that Joey has grown up, and we’ve seen the last of his on-field and off-field stupidity of the past.
If he can do that next season and stay fit, we could have ourselves a very good player in the Premiership in a certain Joey Barton.
And one thing we just love about Joey Barton, is that he loves the club and loves the fans, and likes living in the center of Newcastle.
And it’s great when you have players at the club like that, because when things get tough they get stuck in for the Newcastle cause.