Joey Barton Played Like A Captain Today

Joey Barton had another excellent game today for Newcastle, but the fans didn’t know the build up to this game, behind the scenes.

Joey Barton – in action against Stoke

It seems like Alan Pardew had thought captain Kevin Nolan would miss this game through injury,  and had told Joey to be prepared to be the captain for the game.

But Joey put in another excellent performance for Newcastle, in what turned out to be a great 4-1 win for the Magpies, against 3rd bottom Wolves.

It seems that Pardew was delighted with Barton’s professional performance, in what was a crucial game and a vital win for the Magpies:

This is what Alan said after the game to Spy Sports News :

“I felt he would be slightly disappointed, because we thought Kevin Nolan was going to miss out today through illness.”

“I said to Joey, ‘I’m going to give you the armband and lead by example’.”

“But when Kev came back I thought Barton might have wished he was captain. But he played like a captain today.”

“There was a lot of pressure on us today because we could have got sucked into that situation where all the bottom teams are winning.”

Joey Barton will get his wish to be captain next week at Aston Villa, because Kevin Nolan picked up his 10th yellow card of the season against Wolves,  and will now miss the next two league games at Villa Park and at home to Manchester United.

Joey is the vice-caption at Newcastle, and since Kevin is out next week, Joey’s role will take on even greater significance, but at least Newcastle will have Ryan Taylor back from suspension for that game.

Joey could even play in central midfield at Villa Park, and Newcastle could play Ryan Taylor out on the right wing, where he was very impressive against Bolton.

Whatever the team selection is for next Saturday’s game, it’s important that Newcastle pick up some point(s) against Aston Villa.

Newcastle are still not quite safe yet on 39 points, but probably only need one more win in the remaining games to secure that safety, and of course Newcastle are also just 2 points out of 7th place  in the league table.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • chuck

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, they are both take charge guys, (scousers) and deserve the armband, without them in the side the team appears leaderless !

  • baro

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Joey Barton sure did play like a captain today! He was brilliant! Spot on on almost every pass.

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #3


  • baro

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Quotes from Newcastle target Blaise Matuidi mentioning Newcastle!

  • chuck

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #5

    An excellent win to-day, helps not only point-wise but with goal average which could possibly mean the difference in a number of spots.
    Just because we beat the worst side in the division, does`nt mean we are safe , that`s still to be decided, so lets wait before we start celebrating.

  • Jose Enrique

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Team for Villa:

    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Ferguson

    R Taylor Barton Guthrie Jonas

    Lovenkrands Ameobi

    Even if enrique is fit i would still play ferguson because enrique will probably leave in the summer so we may as well give shane some experience. He could save us 5million pound if we dont have to go and buy a replacement for jose

  • Ashton

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Matuidi is a fantastic dm player, he is faster than Tiote but not as good at passing. any way we don’t need him our priority should be a 2 top class strikers and a RB .

  • tcbelfast

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #8

    havent seen the match,just got the score from here.just pleased to get the 3 points on the board,1 step closer to safety!!

  • niafron

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    What a great win, today, Newcastle is almost safe, Ben arfa is back to training…

    It sounds good.

    About Matuidi, he got anything to prove.

    And i’ve read pardew statement about Ben Arfa behind the striker. Pretty good, but considering the great job Barton have done today, i repeat than you need

  • niafron

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #10


    …that you need a striker good both in the air (for Barton) an in the depth (for Ben arfa).

  • AndyMac

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #11

    He may have played like a Captain today but if Fatman and Del Boy dont want to give him a decent deal then I’d quite understand why Joey gives two fingers to the board and effs off.

    Proof, if ever it was needed, that a Fat Bloated Cockney with a bad gambling habit is not fit to make decisions about playing personnel.

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know if tiote is back for villa I’m sure today was his 2nd banned game fergie what a player better then bull at least he don’t play silly balls

  • toonfan09

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #13

    was his first ban cos we aint had a game cos of international break

  • toonfan09

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #14

    nia fron cant wait for ben arfa back hope he is the same as he was before injury

  • Selbymag

    Apr 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Just got back after a few jars after the match and I thought Joey had a great game today as did Colo.
    I would however like to say how well Shola played 1st half he was unplayable set up Nolans game and bullyed Wolves back line.
    Jonas had a shocker but good goal.
    Never in all my years have I seen a footballer as scared of receiving the ball to feet as Willo
    But a wins a win so well played boys lets push on.

  • jimiley

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Great win against a top team. Keep the faith in a top owner and manager ( who would have thought that after Hughton’s sacking!!!!) and we will all be in Europe by the end of the season. Already dreaming of trips to Latvia and Denmark. You doom mongers have got to admit that you got it wrong about mighty Mike. He knows how to sell big and buy cheap. Within two years we will be challenging for the title. Onwards and upwards for the Toon.

  • jimiley

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I have to admit that I have been wrong about Stroller and Lovenkranz. They proved today that they are quality Premiership strikers and that we do not need to buy any forwards this summer. Forgot to mention Best who is better than both of them. The future is assured in their hands. A few sensible buys in the summer will have us pushing for a top 4 spot. Come on the Toon.!!!

  • AndyMac

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #18

    What’s the name of your medication jim ?

    Pretty powerful stuff methinks. I’d have a word with your GP or psychiatric nurse and see if they can reduce the doses ?

  • jimiley

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Andy Mac,
    The Toon will become the new Arsenal. Buying cheap and selling large. This guy Cashley knows how to run a club. He has transformed The Toon. And Pardew is getting to grips with the new job. the club has massive potential and will win something soon under their guidance. keep the faith man!!!!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #20

    I think he’s being sarcastic but can’t really work out why you would be after a good win like that?

  • Oba

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Great win, but there’s one question left unanswered for me.

    Did Jonas get out THE spiderman mask?

  • jimiley

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Oba, No he did not. Its been eaten by the moths.

  • Oba

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Wouldn’t surprise me. Glad he’s got a goal though, hopefully give him some confidence for the run-in.

    Did Ferguson play at LB?


    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    its now a bookable offence to wear anything extra i think regarding goal celebrations

    great win today, was great watching it.. we played well and looked dangerous all match, apart from the dip in form when they scored, some great saves from harper

    we carry on like that and we’ll finish the season off comfortably.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #25

    “Andy Mac,
    The Toon will become the new Arsenal. Buying cheap and selling large”

    ….and winning nowt ???

    People this was our first win in ten games and suddenly we’re world beaters ????

    Wolves were poor and we’re not out of this yet so dont hype players like Ameobi and Lovenkrands (who doesnt know when to move onside after a playing career spanning twenty years or more ?) because we’re still in with a shout of going down.

    Yes its a win buts its not the end of the season just yet !!!!!

  • NathanBo

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Haven’t seen the highlights of todays games but i’m pretty exited to watch Newcastle! 😀

  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Nolan was ill?

    We should keep him that way

  • Brutooon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Barton best position is at the centre. Raylor to play on the right midfield next match (and hope he prove his worth to the team)

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #29

    Excellent game yesterday.. well down lads .. think the team proved they are premiership class and deserve to be in this league .. as for barton he is irreplaceable in my book .. if we can add to the core top class players we have then we can push on to europe next year .. if we sell people like Barton, Bull, Collo etc we’ll have a similar season next year ..

    Hope ashley knows who we need next year.
    2 strikers, keep Ameobi, Best (loan out ranger)
    DM (replace smith, Leroy fer springs to mind)
    RW – 1st choice and a youngun to push for 1sr choice
    LW – arda turan
    RB – somebody as good as simpson
    LB – cover for Bull

    This would mean out team would be


    LB Bull/New player(wendt)
    CB Collo/Will/STaylor/New player (pacey and strong)
    RB – Simpon/New player
    RW – 2 new players
    CM Barton/Nolan/Arfa/Leroy Fer
    LW – Guti/Arda Turan
    Strikers – Ameobi/Best/2 new strikers (one top drawer)

    Thats a top 6 squad there..

    Everybody else should be loaned out to get 1 team experience.

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #30

    forgot about tiote .. nuts 🙂 .. add him to CM

  • Davies

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #31

    You forgot Ferguson as well. I reckon he’ll be in and around the first team next season.


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