Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, Joey Barton’s behavior both on and off the field has been exemplary.
Joey Barton – scored Newcastle’s first goal last Saturday from penalty spot
So says the Newcastle manager today, and of course Joey was involved in a strong but fair tackle on Diaby, last weekend, and the Frenchman’s stupid reaction rightly got him sent off.
But that didn’t stop the gossip press from wanting to blame Joey and saying he should have been sent off too. But for not we’re not quite sure.
If you forget Joey’s past, he reacted on Saturday in the best way possible, and stayed out of it, and on the ground, as Diaby rightly received his marching orders, but not before pushing Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan too.
The Arsenal players under Arsene Wenger have often been accused of not being disciplined enough, and the way they whined and complained in that second half last Saturday, when the going got tough, was an embarrassment to them and to the Arsenal club.
And after the game, Joey suggested they should be playing basketball or netball, if they didn’t want to be touched during the game, and that was close to the truth, as Arsenal players have never liked a physical challenge.
Newcastle came out of the game last week looking like heroes, which of course they were, and none more so than Joey Barton himself, who scored from two penalties and ran the game with Tiote and Nolan in the second half.
Alan Pardew talked about Joey Barton:
“I’ve not felt that in any game he’s been involved with me. I wasn’t here for the Blackburn game, he let himself down and he has rightly apologized for that. He’s been solid in his temperament since I have been here,”
“Even last Saturday, Joey’s temperament was good because at half-time the old Joey could have thrown a wobbler, but he needed to just concentrate as he did.”
“His reaction might have been different in the past, but it was exemplary this time.”
The last time Joey lost his temper was in the Blackburn game this season at St. James’ Park, when he punched Pedersen in the chest, but the referee didn’t see it. Of course after the game, the FA jumped in rather quickly to ban him for three games – they like doing that kind of thing.
That piece of video seemed to be like manna from heaven for the gossip press, and Alan Pardew, who was not at the club at the time, talked about the incident:
“Joey apologized for that incident with Pedersen and his reaction on Saturday, for me sitting there watching and knowing maybe there was something in the game when the guy got sent off, I thought was first class.”
We have to hope the lads are in good form today, right from the very first whistle, and Newcastle must now push on from their performance in that second half last Saturday, and try to get as many wins as possible in the last 13 games of the season.
With Blackburn having taken all 3 points in that game in early November, it could be payback time at Ewood Park today, and a win is what we are looking for – and another top performance from a certain Joey Barton.
Howay The Lads!!