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.