Joey Barton Must Learn Quickly From His Mistakes

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!!

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • rc.souvik

    Dec 4, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    i think he missed games against fulham,bolton n chelsea…

  • Captain Beefheart

    Dec 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘..the player must control his actions on the pitch, given his background.’

    Ed, get off his back. JB’s is one of our top 5 players, maybe top 3, and has been exemplory this season (remember the targeted beating he took at Wolves?). You demand passion and all that chests out, heart on sleeve toon pride nonsense, and at the same time ask players to remain in control? Even St. Shearer was pretty handy with his elbows..

    OK, JB made an error, but nowhere as bad as most of the dreadful career threatening tackles I have already seen this season. He is still getting a balance into his game between professional agression and controlled reactions on the field. It can go wrong in the heat of the moment, and we cannot condemn him for that regardless of his past (he’s done his time, let’s move on).

    Go, Joey, go – you’re overdue another 25 yard snorter into the top corner to shut these whingers up. Get his contract sorted asap, Fat Mike.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 4, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #3

    CH: “”””It’s a reaction thing that some will do and Joey did. “”””!!!

    IT’s a reaction thing guys!!!

    Just that Joey didnt do it in a smarter way!!! , tats all i can say.

    Nobody is supporting his action, it not right, anyway.

    Just think of that match alone and some of the action might also not be caught of the cam. And some of the players run away with it.

    Can i consider them lucky ?


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