We are hoping this will be the season when Joey Barton comes of age at Newcastle, in a couple of ways.
Joey Barton – wonderful first goal for Newcastle
First of all that he can get over his dire injury problems he’s had at the club in the three years he’s been on Tyneside, and secondly that he can put behind him his stupid and reckless antics of the past, and truly be a more mature player and person.
If Joey can do those two things Newcastle will have a very decent season and Joey has certainly made a very good start in the two games so far.
Barton told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“As far as the goal is concerned, I just hit it!” “It was important for me. There are a lot of people to prove wrong, people who have said this and that.”“The reality of the situation is this is the first time I have been fit and had a pre-season under my belt at this football club.”
“I have spoken before about how I have a burning ambition to show people what I am capable of.” “I said after the Carlisle game what my ambitions were.” “Those ambitions have still not changed.” “It was just one performance against Aston Villa.”
“I know I have to do it again 36 more times in the Premier League and go on and on and on.” “I am quietly confident I can do that. I am playing in a good side and when you are playing in great team performances it makes it very easy.”
“It is just a pleasure to play with a group of men who have a lot of people to prove wrong.” “Long may the doubters continue to knock us, because that is exactly how we like it.”
And after the game, Barton shaved off his moustache, and the smiling and clean-shaven Joey gave an up-beat interview.
After almost a month of growing the moustache Joey said:
“I did promise I would shave it when we won.” “Some of the lads shaved it off because of threats from the missus.” “I was scared because you see people with them and they must have thought at one stage it did not look ridiculous.”
“It shows what great camaraderie there is here.” “We have read what people have had to say about going down, Andy Gray and people like that.” “You pin those comments up on the dressing-room wall and they are just what we need to inspire us.”
Newcastle have made a good start to the season and the 6-0 win over The Villa will give the lads loads of confidence.
But they cannot get carries away and a good team goes into every match ready for whatever it takes to win the game and Newcastle have two difficult games within the week.
A potential banana skin game at Accrington Stanley tomorrow night in the Carling Cup, and a tough league game away against fellow relegation battlers Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
Two wins in these game is what we’d love to see.