Barton, Enrique And Ireland All Ready For Stoke Game?

It shouldn’t be the case,  but it seems that Newcastle are a much better side with Joey Barton playing out on the right wing.

Joey Barton – missed big time yesterday

And in the last two games without Joey,  Newcastle have picked up just a single point in their two home games against decent but beatable opposition in Bolton and Everton.

Last week’s game against Bolton was a good display by the lads, given that Ryan Taylor was sent off after 53 minutes, and Ryan had played well up until that point, so that Joey wasn’t missed too much.

That was last week, but Barton was badly missed yesterday, as Alan Pardew started a weird looking side,  with Danny Simpson out on the right wing and Steven Taylor slotting in at  right back.

Still not sure why he started that side, which looked unbalanced, and hardly anything came down the right wing yesterday in the first half, before things were changed around after Jose Enrique went off injured.

We wonder why Danny Guthrie didn’t get a game at all yesterday, as he was supposed to have been fit from his hamstring,  and if he wasn’t then he shouldn’t have been on the bench.

Newcastle had Ben Arfa, Alan Smith, Dan Gosling, Joey Barton, Nile Ranger  and Stephen Ireland all out injured yesterday, and Ryan Taylor was suspended, and the lads did not play well, especially in defense.

With all the injuries right now, Pardew still doesn’t think the squad is too small (that’s bad news), and assures the Newcastle fans, who were very disappointed with both yesterday’s performance and result, that the squad will be a lot stronger for the next Premier League match at Stoke on Saturday afternoon, March 19.

This is what Alan said when asked if thing were OK on the injury front:

“I think it is. Touch wood, we haven’t got any serious injuries, they are knocks and strains,”

“Joey Barton should be okay for Stoke, I think Stephen Ireland will be okay. We were a bit unfortunate to lose Nile Ranger, who has done a good impact job for us at home, yesterday.”

“He could have caused some problems for us today. Things just didn’t really work out for us on the availability.”

So does that mean Jose Enrique only picked up a knock, and he will be OK for Stoke?

Joey Barton is a big big player for Newcastle, and we hate to think the negative impact it will have to our squad, if we lose both Joey and Jose in the summer – so we’re not going to even think about it. 😀

But what Newcastle lacked yesterday was class, and you need that to break the deadlock in a tough game, and Everton dealt quite well with everything Newcastle threw at them in the second half.

Hopefully we’ll not only add to the numbers of the squad in the summer, but also to the quality  of the squad.

And to end on a positive note, it was great to see Shane Ferguson turn in a good performance yesterday, and he’s certainly a bright one for the future – but we already knew that – he just needs more playing time.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • magpie9

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully they will all return because as much as I like Simpson, he isn’t a natural winger. Neithers joey really but hes better than Simpson there.

    I can’t see where Ireland will be played though. Who will he replace in midfield. Can’t seeing it being Nolan or tiote. Maybe Gutierrez but I think hes playing good lately. I don’t know, hopefully AP does.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we will be saying goodbye to Enrique in the summer. Now is the time to be bringing in the likes of Ferguson even if it’s for 20 minutes cameos.

  • Toonboy_84

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Off topic but I’m coming up to Newcastle from Oxford for the Wolves match. Can anyone recommend a good hotel/b&b near SJP? I’m having trouble finding an available one. Any help would be much appreciated.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    We should get 6 points from the last 2 games…

    and notice both games we score FIRST

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    We need a Majer Kick Up The Backside were Going backwards here !!!!!!!!! All The Excuses from Alan Pardew are Just Not Good Enough . We have got 3 New Signings and all 3 Injured . so whatdo we do send 2 Guys out on Loan and we have a squad that has no experience . Why Did we Not get that Brazilian Forward on a Free ?? Kuqi is Bloody Hopeless . The Youngsters would have been better than Him.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6
  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Holiday In Express Newcastle Just Round The corner from the Ground !!!!! Toonboy_84.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Lee Dodd, How do you know that Kuqi is hopeless? he’s had 20 minutes in 4 games. When he came on against Bolton he seemed to harass the defence. Give him 20 minutes.

  • Toonboy_84

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Thanks GG and LD

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Ireland told a radio interviewer yesterday that he will be out for another month. Enrique is playing poorly defensively, and he stood and watched Jagielka go passed him for the 2nd. goal. It might be worth playing him left midfield when he returns to take advantage of his crossing ability, and switch Jonas to the right with Joey in the middle to partner Tiote, pushing Nolan forward to play with Best.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Reports suggest that Newcastle will table a 12 million bid for FC Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro. He’d be good but I’d rather have Gervinho wearing that no 9 shirt also Juan Albin of Getafe is out of contract in the summer and would be better than Jonas on the wing and Taye Taiwo is the only left back that could replace Enrique.

  • MickyD

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    if ireland is goin to be out that long why wud pardew say different jimmymagpie?

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Micky D – I don’t know mate, ask Ireland because that is what he told a radio interviewer yesterday. Thigh strains usually do take 3-4 weeks, as per Barton and even longer if they tear like Carrolls’. I wouldn’t read too much into what Pardew says, he had Carroll coming back every week but he’s only fit now.

  • MickyD

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    true true mate all pardew dsoes is talk shite

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Never known a season Like it For Injurys !!!!

  • Mat Nufc

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Jose looks disinterested yesterday..i wonder if all this transfer talks has lost his focus..

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    We badly need em back for Stoke & rest of season. Shape yesterday rubbish. Final ball diabolical.Like Tayls but never a right back. If Ashley is serious about spending on youth then go into Chamionship & buy : Wickham, Sinclair, Gradel & Taarabt. Also Eriksen (young Dane) & Samba (B’burn) for strength , power & experience. Offload costly deadwood : Smith, Campbell, Perch, Ameobi,Lovenkrands & Guthrie. Send Ireland back – too injury prone.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #18

    I travelled over 300 mile round trip yesterday to watch that tripe & now read we could be in for Drogba, Bendtner, Keane, Cole, Kalou, Owen or Rodlega as Carroll’s replacement. It’s rubbish we cant afford the wages of the first 6 never mind fees. Why would we want Owen back? Rodlega can’t score much for Wigan. Give Wickham (17) a go. Pick him up for £4M & £15K pw

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Any more games like yesterday, and we won’t be signing anybody, because we won’t be in this league. What you’re all forgetting is that this clubs’ reputation stinks amongst players and agents because of you know who, and no so called top player is going to come here for the wages on offer, and if we go down, Ben Arfa joins Barton, Colo, Jose, Jonas etc., in the exodus.

  • So-Cal Toon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20

    One week the players themselves talk about the great spirit at the club. The next week the fans /supporters talk about the Clubs’ reputation stinking….Who really paints the atmosphere to the media… The Supporters or the Players?

  • max

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    then,, we must win this game..

  • James RS

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree with Ed a strangely unbalanced team by Pardew, the defence should have been left as it was and Guthrie brought in for Barton with Simpson (not a right winger) remaining at right back I feel sure we would have won then, more creativity crosses and free kicks from Guthrie but for some strange reason he seems determined to get Steven Taylor into the side..yes a good player but he will get his chance soon im sure.


    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Pissed off that we lost a winnable game against the Toffees!
    Pardew picked a totally unbalanced team when he maybe had other options! Still he,s tried this option and now knows its the wrong one.

    If we can,t play well without Barton though and he leaves, then next year we,ll be having problems staying in this league. Next game Stoke away! Hopefully at least a point, a difficult fixture.


    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Toonboy 84:

    If you don,t find anything in the centre of town!

    Then there are plenty of hotels / B@B,s around the coast, ( Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North Shields ) the Metro system is normally a good way to get to the ground and don,t cost much.
    See if you can ensure that we beat them coz the three points would come in handy.


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