We haven’t mentioned Joey Barton’s performance much in yesterday’s terrific 1-0 win at Sunderland.
Joey Barton – Tarzan – after throwing shirt to fans
But it was Joey’s header that was going into the goal before Seb Larsson handled the ball, to prevent it going over the goal line after only 15 minutes.
Everybody expected a penalty and a red card, but of course not one official saw the incident, and it’s a good question as to why not, since that’s the job of all four officials at the game.
And not one of them saw the hand ball? Apparently not, but they still gave a corner to Newcastle, so they must have known the ball hit Larsson somewhere, as he deflected it from being a goal.
It happens far too many times that officials seemingly miss the most blatant of fouls, and we’re not even going to mention Frank Lampard’s “goal” against Germany, at last year’s World Cup. That was a world wide embarrassment to FIFA and the sooner we get goal line technology the better.
Joey Barton led the protests for a penalty, and at least referee Howard Webb went to discuss the incident with his linesman, as Ameobi placed the ball on the penalty spot ready to score his 7th derby goal against Sunderland.
Barton kept his cool during that incident, and then in the second half played another important role in the Newcastle comeback, as he lent experience to the Newcastle side, and would you believe it, Ryan Taylor scored a wonderful goal on 62 minutes.
Did you see Barton’s face as he went over to congratulate Ryan – it said it all.
And then to make Joey’s day complete his horse My Propeller romped home first at 4-1 at York Races.
You can afford to be involve din the costly business of owning horses when you play professional football these days, with the wages ridiculously astronomical.
Joey Barton’s play and his good behavior during the game, well at least compared to last Saturday against Arsenal, was yet another positive in the game yesterday.
There’s no doubt at all that Joey Barton is a very good player, and he’s experienced in the Premier League too, so we’ve been disappointed over the summer that the Liverpudlian has been in the headlines again, for all the wrong reasons.
And even though he’s still on the transfer list as a free agent, not many clubs have come after him, with Stoke being the biggest club to be interested.
That may not get any better next summer if Joey stays on Tyneside to see out the last years of his contract.
One course of action for Joey could be to restart his career at Newcastle this season, and that means behaving himself on and off the pitch (on his Twitter account), and then maybe he will be offered anew contract at Newcastle.
The major thing he has to do to achieve something very improbable right now, and be offered a new contract, is to behave himself.
His football skills are not in question, and it seems to us that Joey would benefit from restarting his career on Tyneside, that, and so would Newcastle, by having an excellent experienced player in their ranks.
And the Newcastle fans would benefit too, since even though Joey had misbehaved himself recently, most Newcastle fans seem to forgive him very quickly, because he gives his heart and soul to the team.
There’s a chance he could keep doing that after next summer.