Joey Barton put in another excellent performance on Sunday in the derby win, and even though Joey was again playing out of position on the right wing, he looked very comfortable in that position.
Joey Barton – has been class for Newcastle this season
And he would have impressed watching Fabio Capello assistant Franco Baldini, who was in the stands and saw some excellent performances from some Newcastle’s English players including Carroll, Nolan and Ameobi, in addition to Joey Barton. Indeed it’s a long time since Newcastle put in such a great team performance with every player doing the job.
A game to remember – and it will be – for generations.
Joey has played just once for England back in 2007, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a recall, if he continues with the fine form he has shown this season in Newcastle’s 10 league games.
And we have to compliment Joey big time on seemingly getting his life in order, and h’s even calmed down on the pitch, and always seems to be in full control of himself these days.
Since we were some who doubted he could ever do that, when he was serving his jail time a couple of years ago, he’s proved us wrong, and he deserves tremendous personal credit for what he has done – and now hopefully he can help young Andy Carroll come through his travails off the pitch.
We hold our hands up, because Joey has done something which is extremely difficult, he’s dug himself out of a huge hole he dug for himself, and that takes tremendous courage.
We know that Joey is a Liverpudlian, but he’s never heard the noise of a crowd quite like it was on Sunday before kick-off, and he told the Shields Gazette:
“The noise before kick off was as loud as I’ve played of in my career,” “It was hairs on the back of your neck time.”
“I thought the lads, after an initial frantic start, were the more composed. We got in front, and we never looked back from there really.”
And this result will end speculation surrounding manager Chris Hughton’s future, as long as we don’t put in a terrible performance at the Emirates on Sunday, because we now have to take every game as it comes, and try to win every single one of them.
The next step that Chris has to get his team over is being a lot more consistent, but he’s got the players he has, playing out of their skins for both him and the Newcastle club, and that’s just so great to watch. The current squad with Chris is control are a real credit to Newcastle United.
And of course Chris Hughton will have swayed any doubters on Sunday, when Newcastle had their biggest win against Sunderland since 1955, and it was only one goal short of Newcastle’s biggest ever win against the enemy – Newcastle have won it twice by 6-1.
Sunderland’s biggest win is 9-1 but of course we’d be stupid to mention that one. 😀
Barton will be hoping he is handed a new improved long-term contract sooner rather than later, as he continued:
“What was nice was when the fans were singing his name,” “It probably wasn’t as much as it would be for a Kevin Keegan, or somebody who played for the club and was a footballing hero, but it was great to see them acknowledge Chrissy.”
“The job he’s done’s fantastic. For there even to be an inkling of speculation over his future is ridiculous.” “Hopefully, the club will come out and get him tied down to some sort of deal and put it all to bed.”
“If it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it. At the minute, it certainly ain’t broke, and although we’re in a tight league, the way we’re playing and performing, and the consistency on a regular basis, is good.”
“Don’t forget this is the top league in the world. For there to be any speculation is farcical.” “That’s Newcastle United Football Club for you – that’s what we’ve got to deal with.”
“We’re a strong bunch, and everybody’s together, and we’re quite focused on what we need to do and how we get there.” “Nothing that has gone on outside the dressing room has been able to seep in and affect us. That’s due to the closeness of the lads, and how together we are.”
Good words from Joey and we’ve been completely delighted with Joey this season, and of course he is a player who could well be captain at the club, but we have some great leaders on board now, working so well with manager Hughton, and the future even looks bright now, but we’re not going to get carried away with things – even when we win against Sunderland.
Howay The Lads!!