Both Barton And Ireland Will Not Be Risked Before Stoke Game


Newcastle are starting to pick up a lot of injuries, which is putting some stress on the Newcastle squad, in what is going to be a crucial part of the season coming up.

Joey Barton – will not be risked before Stoke City game

Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland were both missing on Saturday in the loss to Everton, and it seems like Alan Pardew will wrap them in cotton wool over the next couple of weeks,  to ensure they are both available for the next game at Stoke.

But Stephen Ireland hasn’t played since last December, and is short of match practice, but it looks as though Pardew will not risk the player in the Reserve game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

This is what Alan said today:

“There are one or two players who need a game,” “Sometimes you need 90 minutes under your belt to feel confident, but we’re going to have to look at that carefully and obviously not put anyone at risk.”

“There will certainly be no Joey Barton or Stephen Ireland playing, it’s more important to look after them and make sure they’re right for the Stoke game.”

“Even within the squad, I think we all know there are certain key players who need to be on the pitch for us and when they’re missing we sometimes lack a bit of quality. But everybody is pulling in the same direction and has put in a damn good effort.”

If Joey Barton had been able to play on Saturday there’s every chance we could have got at least a draw, and it shows just how important Joey is to the Newcastle side this season.

And it’s interesting that Pardew is putting Stephen Ireland almost in the same bracket, so we have to believe Stephen has been looking good in training last week, and that would be good.

You would think the Newcastle club would be anxious keep Joey Barton at the club, and they would go the extra mile to secure his services on Tyneside.

And it seems silly that the club will not offer him the three year extension he wants, in a deal where he is reportedly taking a £1M cut a year in wages to stay at Newcastle.

That’s what the news is, and of course we don’t know the full story, but if Joey wants a three year extension to stay at the club – give him it – please.

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16 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    to be honest and realistic – if we get beat by wolves then we are in trouble and face a hard battle with few reserves!
    And we go to liverpool – anyone else remember what Denis Law did to manu?

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  • spanishtoon

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Theres no point risking them at all..the season has taken a slightly laborioys twist now. Good ‘alernative’ match report here http://www.nufcnews.com/?p=193
    I also think that pardew should get a few more points then use season to test new ideas and methods

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  • G

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    no offence supermacnumber9, but I fail to see the relevance?

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  • daneevz

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    lol like that newcastle like to take pitty on teams with poor recent from. We all knew we was in trouble wen we seen simmo on the wing doomed not that hes a bad player just hes not a winger

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  • shearermania

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    not many teams beats stoke at the britania….they really bully teams there…..
    if we could get a win there it would be absolutely fantastic and then we would be safe – 1 point would be very acceptable

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  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Without these two, we have no creativity whatsoever. However, this game should suit Nolan due to the physicality.
    ————————-Harper————————–
    Simpson—–Taylo/Willo—–Colo———–Bull?

    Guthrie ——–Nolan———–Tiote———Jonas

    —————–Ameobi———-Best——————

    When does RTaylor return? is it one match ban or 3? How long is bull out for aswell?

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  • shearermania

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    dont want to be pessimistic – but the names thats being thrown around on this blog as transfer targets are ludicrous…
    this list is more realistic (not that i hope) this is probably players we could end up with:
    konchesky – left back
    ebanks-blake – striker
    cameron jerome – striker/winger
    larsson – right winger
    elokobi – left back
    elmander – striker
    shane long – striker
    maynor figuiroa – left back
    reo coker – midfield
    carlton cole – striker
    tomkins – centre back
    jerome thomas – winger/striker

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  • Stuart

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    3 match ban for Raylor so hes still got 2 games to sit out.

    Nothing has been mentioned about Bull so I’m assuming he just picked up a knock on Saturday and will be alright for Stoke.

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  • shearermania

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    if we try to beat stoke on psysique we will get hammered – they neeed to get beaten on skill, pace and creativity…..something we have in abundance…right?

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  • Stuart

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ll be honest shearermania, I’ve never been so underwhelmed by a target list.

    The only ones on there I’d take are larsson and elmander, and thats only because they’re free.

    I know we arent the same kind of draw we used to be to players but I still have to believe we could attract a higher quality of player than mentioned there.

    I’m not saying we should be signing world beaters, but they’ve got to be better than the likes of Carlton Cole.

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  • shearermania

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    stuart…
    i know….
    just trying to lower my expectations….
    we signed Kuqi in the last window…..so i rest my case

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  • Stuart

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Haha true. I suppose if I go off your list I might get pleasantly surprised.

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  • shearermania

    Mar 7, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    since both home games aginst wolves and manure are played at 1700 we should have no problems in banking 6 points then

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  • nufc_mad

    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Kuqi was only and still is a just a in case player and will only be used if necessary, I hope. I hope Ireland and Barton will be fir for the stoke game, especially Barton as we will need a hard man against stoke at the Britannia. I really don’t know what it is with Newcastle, our players always seem to get injured more than anyone else, maybe training methods need to be looked into possibly?

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  • ArtyH

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #15

    NUFC MAD its been like that for the 45 years Ive supported the toon M8, its got to be in the water???

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  • nufc_mad

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    ArtyH – i know mate its been a long on going thing with the toon players, need a bit of lady luck in regards to injuries 🙂

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