Joey Barton – Magpies Won Convincingly – They Outran Reds

Joey Barton was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan after the Newcastle Liverpool game and he talked a lot about how Liverpool were not at their usual intensity against Newcastle, who started the game nervously,

But Joey went on to say he thought in the end Newcastle won the game convincingly and they outran the Liverpool team – which is very unusual for a Jurgen Klopp coached team.

They became the first team since Klopp took over to outrun Liverpool – so the Newcastle players worked their socks off for the side yesterday – a truly gutsy performance from our lads – when it was needed most.

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Joey Barton – while at Newcastle

This is some of what Joey said on Match of the Day 2 yesterday:

With Newcastle in such poor form and so nervy, on top of the way his side have been counter-attacking so well of late, I thought beforehand that it would be a game that would play into Klopp’s hands.

But the Reds were never on the front foot high up the pitch in the same way they were against, say, Manchester City when they won 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium last month.

In that game Liverpool’s forwards were putting City’s centre-halves and full-backs under constant pressure and setting traps for them whenever they were on the ball.

Against Newcastle, in contrast, they allowed the home team to slowly grow into the game and the Magpies went on to win it convincingly.

The Magpies were the first team to run further and make more sprints than Liverpool in a Premier League game since Klopp took charge, but matching the Reds’ work-rate was not the only reason they won.

We were very impressed with Jurgen Klopp after the game and as well as knowing the game inside out – he’s also very entertaining.

What a great character to now have in the Premier League.

He knew after the game something was wrong with his team and yes Liverpool had a good goal disallowed after 79 minutes that may have turned the game.

But Jurgen still thought that Newcastle deserved to win the game and he said he would need time to sort out what really went wrong.

What he will obviously find out is that Newcastle became the first team to match and exceed Liverpool’s work-rate.

And that was in response to the fans and pundits accusing our players of not even trying in their last two games – two bad defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace when we conceded a massive eight goals.


Newcastle now need to put this level of effort into every game and if that happens we should be able to move up the league table – but we cannot have many more huge let-downs like in the previous two games.

We were proud of our players yesterday.

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5 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 7, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Have always quite liked this player he set up a lot of Austins goals last season he is hard working , pacy and is British !! Can play either wing if we got him for say 5 million and released Obertan or Ferguson (both out of contract in the summer)

    Could then move Wijanldum into the middle

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 7, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Top 4 players all dutch ,hmmmmm

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 7, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    I see Souness the knob at it again in the Sunday Times, basically blaming the fans for newcastles inability to win anything. Gives example of how Bournemouth fans let the team play their way out of trouble of they start badly, whereas NUFC fans turn on the team. What a prick.


    Dec 7, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Effort from Newcastle? Strange

    Coincidence that it happens when we start with a leader on the pitch? Or just because it was on the telly? I doubt it’s the penny dropping tbh

  • stuart no9

    Dec 7, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    morning everyone , something to smile about on a monday morning at last. A dogged display by the lads yesterday , gini making that run for the second goal summed up the effort the boys put in yesterday.

    Yes Macca s game plan was to stop liverpool scoring we know that, no shots on target untill the goal ( deflection or not ) tells the whole picture of how we set about the game yesterday.

    normally, i curse like mad at those kind of stats , but yesterday was differant. We knew we couldnnt match them technically and we knew the only way to get something was to stop liverpool playing, thats exactly what we done , all our efforts were concentrated on stopping them , hence the reason not much goal mouth activity, however, defensivly superb, work rate exceptional, detemanation dogged , NOW, we need to combine that with a bit of flair up front and try to create a few chances.
    This was a start, it was definatley not a good game of football from either side, i expected a lot more from liverpool , but we suffocated their attack and minimised their chance s to a few half chances that they squandered, on another day they might have scored a couple but we needed the break and we got it yesterday.

    the goal they scored as we all seen was fine and our first a deflection, but we needed that bit of luck and that gutsy performance to get the pressure off the team and show them if thats how they work every week , the rewards will follow. we need to take that into the spurs game and try to fashion some sort of result , if we can do that then start to introduce a few mor chances into our game and get our goal tally up .

    I hope the lads know they done well yesterday and get the praise they deserve, it works both ways, however they must also know this is the mimimum required every week and we must start miximg it with good football , and more goal scoring opportunities . well done . A proud geordie this moening.


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