Joey Barton Had A Great Game On Saturday


Joey Barton had a very good game on Saturday against Birmingham City.

Joey Barton – in action yesterday with Lee Bowyer

And you could tell from the first minute that he wanted to make it up to the Newcastle fans, for the team’s rather inept display in the previous game at Liverpool.

Joey is a close second to Stephen Taylor at the moment in our poll for Newcastle’s Man of the Match on Saturday.

Steven has 26% of the vote with Joey on 25% and Jonas Gutierrez, who again had a good game for Newcastle on the left wing, on 21%.

We were told after the Liverpool game by Alan Pardew that the players were upset and a bit frustrated with their performance at Anfield.

And it seems Joey Barton was one of the players who was particularly upset after that game, against one of his home town clubs.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew talked about Joey today:

“He gets frustrated sometimes because he wants to see more of the ball but when he gets it he makes something happen,”

“He made so much room for Danny Simpson and kept coming inside and either crossed himself or created room for Danny who also put in five or six crosses, through Joey’s clever play.”

“Joey had a great game. We all got frustrated last week and that includes Joey – he wants to win, you’ve got to admire that.”

Joey’s best position is probably in central midfield, where he is always involved in  the game, although he plays a bit of a David Beckham style out on the right wing, and Joey can be a good crosser of the ball,  most of the time.

We expect captain Kevin Nolan to sign his new contract very soon, and after that we are hoping Joey will sign his new contract to stay long term on Tyneside.

And news yesterday that Birmingham are interested in Joey, but why would Barton want to go to Birmingham from Newcastle United?

That’s hardly a step up for the England International, and it’s a very good question.

After Wolves’ gutsy 3-1 win against West Brom yesterday, Birmingham City are still only 3 points above the drop zone with two games to play.

And this side is in the Europa Cup next season?

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • PoolieToon

    May 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Bloody right he did, hurry up and sign that contract!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Joey was back to form on sat, he gets in most crosses in the whole of the prem. Fact

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    birmingham are nt fit for europa league this rule sucks we should give the team from 5 to 8 ranking teams europa league spot nt for winning the cup

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  • PoolieToon

    May 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    It will give us a laugh when they get hammered

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  • Mc-Toon

    May 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    He made so much room for Danny Simpson…

    As much as I love Barton, he leaves Simpson completely exposed down the right, which funnily enough is where the majority of teams have been getting the most joy!

    Looking forward to Barton and Tiote in the middle with a good winger to get forward and help out at the defending as well.

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Mc-Toon, Simpson gives himself far too much to do by back pedalling faster that the Italian Army. Quality players desperately needed all over the park. Pardew might think Saturday was ‘professional’, but everyone round me quite rightly thought it was crap. Ameobi and Lovenkrands wouldn’t have been allowed near this club at one time.We badly need really strong physical defenders, or else we will continue to struggle.Get the end of season video, and count the number of goals conceded by weak defending. Taylor is the only defender who gets on the end of our set pieces,with the occasional exception pf Williamson, because he attacks the ball. How many does Colo get on the end of, and ask yourselves why he bothers going up for them. On the Tiote debate, remember he will already be away for however long the Ivory Coast want him in the New Year for African Nations, usually at least 4 weeks. And Pardew please at least TWO decent strikers, or we will struggle again. Remember with the ones we have, 3 wins out of 15 – relegation form, and Ben Arfa has an awful lot to overcome before he gets back to the player he was, he will need time.

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  • Flood

    May 9, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree with jimmiemagpie. I have no idea why lovenkrands and amoebi are spearheading our front line. Surely that is one area we desperately need to invest in? we need a new forward line because other than leon best i dont feel comofortable with our strikers. they’re garbage!

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