Pardew Thankful Barton Available For Wigan – So Are We


Joey Barton is on four yellow cards for the season, and when he picks up his next caution, he will be suspended for the next game.

Joey Barton – in action yesterday

That’s not good, but at least Joey will now be available for the Wigan game, but if  Joey and Cheick Tiote happen to pick up a yellow card next Sunday,  both will miss the game the following Wednesday at home to West Ham – a game we must win.

So it’s all a little worrying right now, and it shows the lack of depth we have in the squad, because if these two are missing against West Ham, we ‘ll  be without  two of our best players.

This is what Newcastle manager Pardew said today:

“If Joey had picked up a booking, he’d have missed Wigan,”

“We got away with that one a little bit, because he was on a knife-edge with the ref I think.”

“Cheick was on a knife-edge, and I had to make sure we had him for Wigan.”

“We had to protect ourselves a little bit towards the end, but the game wasn’t for us.”

Alan did well to take Cheick off when he did, because he could easily have been sent off, as things looked like they may have boiled over at any time, in the last 30 minutes of the game.

And we thought Danish striker  Peter Lovenkrands did quite well when he came on,  and at least he’s a proven goal-scorer and we’d like to see Peter get more games, even if  it’s just as a substitute.

Comments welcome.

Note – Dougski in the comments is right – it so happens that both Andy Carroll and Alan Smith are on  4  yellow cards.



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24 comments so far

  • Toon.Toon.Toon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    The one thing we got out the game (not that we didnt already know) was to get rid of Alan Smith, He offers absolutely nothing and does more damage than good! Anyone who says a 60K a week footballer shud stay cos hes ‘good in the dressing room’ is full of it. We could get Peter Kay in for less than that!

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  • dougski

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    isnt carroll just one booking away from suspension? thats going to be interesting to see what we do with that

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  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    anyone know when the bookings get reset, i am sure they do it at some point or is that just in the cups

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #4
  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    any idea what that says alex 84

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    oh sorry mate il post it on here

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    BEN ARFA: NEWCASTLE DO NOT WANT TO WAIT

    Despite his serious injury, Hatem Ben Arfa could be permanently transferred to Newcastle , according to La Provence. The Magpies should indeed be sent in the coming days an offer to leaders Marseille.

    In just a few matches, Hatem Ben Arfa seems to have succeeded in England he had failed to do in France, prevail. Provence in fact confirms the information which appeared a few days ago in the British press that Newcastle should be achieving in the coming days an offer to leaders Marseille.

    Rumor Liverpool

    Under the terms of the loan that the former Marseille subject, the option to buy 6 million should have been closed automatically after 25 games played. But the Magpies do not want to wait. In just four games, before a terrible double fracture tibia and fibula following the tackle killer Nigel De Jong, Ben Arfa would have satisfied the English club to keep it.

    “There is a crazy thing. There is a huge excitement around Hatem. They are a courtesy and professionalism with him pretty impressive. That’s why he feels particularly investment, ” explains the player’s entourage, quoted by La Provence. In England, a rumor even indicates an interest in Liverpool for the former Marseille, currently in Ile-de-France. The new sporting director Damien Comolli Reds would have been the number one option to strengthen the club’s midfield. In England, HBA was already a future star in the Premier League. A status he had already received in France. Hopefully the air more English to succeed him.

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  • munch27

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Arfa: Newcastle do not want to wait

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    Despite his serious injury, Hatem Ben Arfa could be permanently transferred to Newcastle , according to La Provence. The Magpies should indeed be sent in the coming days an offer to leaders Marseille.

    In just a few matches, Hatem Ben Arfa seems to have succeeded in England he had failed to do in France, prevail. Provence in fact confirms the information which appeared a few days ago in the British press that Newcastle should be achieving in the coming days an offer to leaders Marseille.

    Rumor Liverpool

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  • munch27

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    oops missed loads ofthe article good job alex

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  • munch27

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    The best way to squash these rumours is to sign HBA on a 5 yr plus contract on new years day make it happen Mikey boy.

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  • BeeGuy

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m looking for a massive # of NUFC yellow cars at the end of the West Ham game, so the lads can get their suspension vs. Stevenge. At least that is what Jose Morhenuo would do!

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  • alex84

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    no worries, i just want him signed up now so all these little rumours of liverpool being interested can be crushed, as looking at yesterday we need him badly!

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Good plan beeguy gotta be done

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  • toonheed

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Let’s clear the disciplinary issue up, the only player with a bookings issue is Tiote. According to the FA rulebook 2010/11, only players reaching 5 bookings up to and including 31 Dec get a one match ban. Players reaching 10 bookings before the end of the season get a two match ban. Tiote is currently on 8 bookings (Premier League website says 7, but it doesn’t include yesterday’s games yet). This means if he gets booked against Wigan and West Ham he will miss Stevenage and the Mackems. I would hope if he gets booked in one of those games, Pardew will be sensible enough to rest him against Stevenage to ensure participation against the Mackems!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #16

    It just shows the type of guy Smith is, he’s barely played all season and he’s 1 booking off suspension.

    Tiote is on 9 yellows and is 1 yellow off a 2 match ban. However if he makes it to January the something (i think it’s the 1st) then all bookings are reset and that applies to all players.

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  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    thanks alex and turkish, lets hope we can get atleast 4 points from our next two pl games and get back on track, then a couple of good signings and we could possibly make the europa league,.
    i would still be very happy with a top 10 finish and more than content with survival.

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  • Bryan

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #18

    The game against Spurs highlighted the gulf between the two teams, when really there should be none. When Kevin Keegan was appointed NUFC were mid table and comfortable, Spurs were bottom. Look at the two teams now.
    Spurs have shown what happens when you back your manager with big bucks. If Ashley is serious about helping NUFC to be able to compete at the top end of this league then he need look no farther than Spurs. They are one of my favorite teams to watch along with Arsenal. Make no mistake unless Ashley backs AP in January big style then we are in big trouble and if anyone thinks differently then you are very deluded.

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  • Whitecap

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m not sure what Pardew is talking about.

    According to the statistics Joey only has 3 yellow cards on the season. So if Joey had picked up a booking that would have only been his 4th. I think there is an amnesty on yellow cards that happens on December 31st (Premier League rule changes that took effect starting last season). So Barton would be reset back to 0 yelllow cards and would have no worries for Wigan or West Ham.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Of subject question. Me being a bit thick, I was wondering… At the start of the season we, or the club has to, name 25 players. When is this repeated? Because if it’s 1 Feb, that would mean any players we bring in won’t be available till 1 Feb.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #21

    GeordieGerman, as soon as you sign a player in jan u can play him cos its like an open registration period so basically anyone can play that was origionally in squad and who maybe in squad when comes to re-registering

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Whitecap, The FA probably have different rules for NUFC. Same as Ref’s seem to have.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Cheers GeordieToon89.

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  • baro

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m not really sure that Joey Barton is close to his limit for bookings… But, anyways Joey is our best midfielder in this team. He is a very crucial player, and is a very important to this club. He is improving, and is one of our best players. Can’t afford to play w/o him.

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