Joey Barton had another good game in the engine room of Newcastle’s midfield yesterday, as Newcastle amazingly ripped a good Aston Villa side apart by six goals to nil.
Joey Barton – terrific first goal for Newcastle
And Joey talked about the Newcastle ambitions after the game, and of course mentioned that Newcastle are currently unbeaten on a home run of 26 games in all competitions:
“We want to belong in the Premier League and the lads have shown how much they want it. We had a masterclass from (Paul) Scholes the other night but we bounced back.”
“It was important for us to make a statement today.” “We were unbeaten at St James’ Park last season and we wanted to keep that ball rolling.”
“There is no better start we could have had.” “Now we know we have to turn up for our next game at Wolves, away from home on Saturday, and put in another shift.”
It was Joey who opened the scoring for Newcastle with a terrific right foot swerving shot, that was just too fast for Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
And that was just two minutes after Villa striker John Carew had missed an early penalty for the visitors, by blazing the ball way over the bar.
Joey talked about his goal this morning:
“They did not close me down enough and I hit it as hard as I could,” “The ball moved a little bit and bent at the last minute.”
The great news for Newcastle fans is of course that Joey has now removed the moustache he was growing (trying to grow?), and that will be a relief for many, including his girlfriend, by all accounts.
But as Joey pointed to the moustache he raised his right arm in celebration, and it looked to some like a reference to Adolf Hitler, but of course it wasn’t, as Joey explained:
“I was simply saying the moustache goes,” “I’ll be shaving the moustache off now we have won.”“There are a few of the lads desperate to get it off.” “It is either the end of my moustache or the end of my relationship so I’m glad it is going!”
So when the lads return for training, probably tomorrow, as they have a game at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday evening in the Carling Cup, they will not be confronted any longer by that hair under Joey’s nose, and that’s got to be even more good news for them.