One top player for Newcastle who will return at West Brom tomorrow afternoon is Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – should return tomorrow
Joey got into an altercation with Morten Pedersen in the second half of the game against Blackburn at St. James’ Park, and it was caught on the TV cameras when he punched the Norwegian in the chest, , and after the game he received a three match ban from the FA, which he did not appeal.
That was the first altercation for Joey on the field of play for a couple of years, and he seemed very sorry about it after the game, and apologized to his manager, team mates, fans and personally to Morten himself.
So Joey recovered well from the incident, but he cannot do this too many times in the future – the player must control his actions on the pitch, given his background.
Chris Hughton seemed philosophical this morning when he talked about what Joey had done:
“We’re all aware of what the suspension was for, it’s one he has to take on the chin. It’s frustrating being out through a ban, it’s perhaps more frustrating than with injuries, and he’s itching to get back.”
“Did I feel let down? As with anybody who gets banned, he’s done something that was silly and, of course, with the cameras we have in today’s game, you can’t get away with it.”
“As soon as he did it he realized what he had done and accepted it. It’s a reaction thing that some will do and Joey did. He did something he very much regretted very quickly afterwards. He’s apologized and he has to learn from it.”
The games Joey missed were against Fulham, Blackburn and Chelsea, and we picked up just 2 points in those games, and would, in all likelihood, have done better if Joey had been in the team.
It will be interesting to see of Joey comes straight back into the side tomorrow, but our bet is that he’ll start in the middle of the park for Danny Guthrie, and Chris will give the lively Wayne Routledge another start on the right wing.
We expect a good game from Joey tomorrow in a game we can win – if we are at or near our best.
Howay The Lads!!