Once West Ham scored, the Newcastle side moved into a higher gear on Saturday, and Tiote, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan then ran the game for Newcastle as they completely dominated midfield.
Joey Barton – another excellent display on Saturday
Those three are very experienced players and completely dominated the game, especially in that second half, when Newcastle looked so much better than the Hammers.
But that was only after the home side had played so very well in the first 15 minutes, and had thoroughly deserved their 1-0 lead.
But they should have scored more than the single goal, as Newcastle struggled to get going in London, and it was Carlton Cole’s first goal of the season that finally woke the Newcastle players up.
After watching TV replays of the game, we now realize why Chris Hughton was so pleased with the performance, because Newcastle were just completely dominant in that second half, and thoroughly deserved their great win
And the glum faces of the West Ham fans only proved how much Newcastle were on top, when the fans wanted West Ham players to lift their game after going 2-1 down on 69 minutes with a good header from Carroll.
This is what Chris Hughton said today about Joey Barton and Andy Carroll:
“It’s for others to make that decision but they’re certainly playing well enough.” “Joey at the moment is playing very well. He’s very consistent and he’s a big player for the team.”
“And it’s a wonderful start for Andy. We asked that of him last season to add goals to his game, but he has to have that type of service. If he does, it makes life a little bit easier for us.”
“He’s a mobile lad. He’s a tall lad, so for his size it’s always going to be difficult to be the quickest, but once he gets going, certainly he has a power and a pace. I thought that was his best game since the first game against Manchester United. He’s a handful. We need that from him as regularly as we can.”
Andy played very well of course, but we have been delighted with Joey Barton this season, both on and off the field, and he seems a much more mature man than he was just a few years back.
Indeed in that second half, when he was being barracked by the West Ham fans, before he was about to take a left wing corner, he made signs to tell the fans to calm down a little, and Joey showed great maturity and control in that moment.
And of course it was two wonderful crosses from the 28 year-old Liverpudlian that set up Newcastle’s two goals, and Andy Carroll has a person playing with him, who seems to have been successful in beating his many demons.
And that is testament to Andy that he too can beat his demons too and put his life back on track off the field.
Life is tough, but Joey Barton has shown great courage in dragging himself from the depths, after being sentenced to six months in jail in May of 2008.
We have to hope that Carroll will take Joey’s fine example, and get his private life sorted out – and quickly.
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