Barton was a crucial player for Newcastle United again yesterday at the DW Stadium.
Joey Barton – another top class game for Newcastle yesterday
Barton ran the game for Newcastle from his free kicks and corners, and set up chances for Ameobi, Taylor and Coloccini from his pin-point crosses, the first one after just two minutes which Ameobi should really have headed home..
And both center-backs hit the cross bar with their headers, otherwise the score would have been a lot more emphatic than just 1-0.
And new manager Alan Pardew has admitted he has become an instant fan of the player, who seems to have as much influence off the field as he does on it.
Pardew talked about Joey:
“Since I’ve been here. He’s been excellent, not just on the pitch but off it too.”
“I take people as I find them and in this vein of form he could be Newcastle’s player of the year.”
Barton was involved near the end after he put in a dangerous tackle on Wigan’s James McArthur, but he only received a yellow card, but there were concerns it could have been a red.
But Pardew thinks it was a yellow card and the referee Howard Webb, who had another good game, sensibly didn’t show Joey a red card for the tackle. Phew!!
“It was a tough challenge, a typical Joey challenge. I didn’t think there was anything malicious in it.”
“I thought the yellow card was the correct decision. He’s aware he carries that baggage from earlier in his career.”
“But you’re talking about a guy who’s nothing but professional.”
Newcastle asked most of the questions in the first half in the game yesterday, and should have been more than just one up at the half.
But in the second half Newcastle contained Wigan rather easily, and the Latics created very little of note and Newcastle looked comfortable at the back
The Newcastle defense were hardly stretched at all, and recorded their 5th clean sheet of the season, with Steve Harper looking solid back in the Newcatsle United goal.
Now the only thing that is important is that the lads beat West Ham at home on Wednesday night.
Howay the Lads!!