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