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Joey Barton: “We’ve got to build on what we did at West Ham.”

Posted on October 29th, 2010 | 14 Comments |

Joey Barton - Pedro look-a-like?
Joey Barton - Pedro look-a-like?
Joey Barton has built up a reputation based on his controversial past, but if you take the time to listen, then you could well be pleasantly surprised at what the Cheshire lad has to say.

When Joey speaks he come across as quite an articulate person and has a stunning habit of talking a lot of sense, the kind of sense that if he himself had listened to earlier in his career he may not have found himself in some of the situations he has been in.

Anyway, Joey has been speaking to The Shields Gazette where he talked about Newcastle’s troublesome home form and the upcoming derby match against Sunderland this Sunday.

“It’s a derby game, and form will go out of the window. Sunderland are a very good side. Steve Bruce has built a good, young team,” said Barton, who will play in his third Tyne/Wear derby match on Sunday.

“But we’re on our own patch, and there’ll be 50,000 Geordie lunatics cheering us on, and hopefully we can get the result we want and send them all out on the town happy.”

You aren’t the only one hoping that Joey, of that I can assure you! There is one small problem though, and that is Newcastle’s worrying home form.

So far we have beat Villa 6-0, lost to Blackpool and Stoke and drew with Wigan in our four home games this season, and that is something that will need to change as the club looks to ensure Premier league survival.

In contrast, and rather unusally for Newcastle, it has been our away form that has earned us the vast majority of our points so far this season, a tally that was added to at the weekend as we beat West Ham on their own patch.

“We’ve got to build on what we did at West Ham,” Barton said. “I really think we’re a team that plays better away from home – we haven’t got that nervousness that the crowd puts on us to go out and attack sides.”

“I think we’re better, as we proved against West Ham, sitting back on the counter attack.”

Barton then called for patience from the fans:

“We haven’t had great success straight away, and the fans have got after us a little bit. Some lads in there haven’t experienced that before. I’ve had the Geordie fans turn on me a few times, and you need to be a strong character.”

“Our fans are fantastic when we play in these big games against the Arsenals, Chelseas and Manchester United’s at home – they’re second to none.”

“They’ll be the same. We’re just appealing for a bit of patience. If they stick with the team, as they have done, we’ll get results at home, like we did last year.”

“There’s no doubt we can do it.”

Starting this Sunday hopefully!

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14 Responses

  1. Aye ive heard him a few times on five live and he is just about the most intelligent footballer about.

    Shame he does such stupid things becuase his 1 England cap belies his ability when you see Dyer, Barry, Jenas and Smith with 20 odd plus full caps.

  2. I have to admit that I was quite surprised when I discovered how intelligent and articulate he is, though at first I wondered if he just seemed that way because so many of his collegues in the world of football are as thick as mince.

  3. Well said Joey, lad!

    About time we started being part of the solution and not the problem.

    The atmosphere has been pathetic in every home game so far.

  4. Joey makes a good point about patience. When I was an American football fan, the Pittsburgh Steelers/Cleveland Browns games were the big encounters between these Turnpike Rivals. Over time first Cleveland and then Pittsburgh dominated (PGH still do). In those games the hitting was hard but clean and it was the team with the patience to wait for the break or their own quality to show through that won the game. NUFC needs to adsorb any Mackem pressure and then work through with quality and persistence to get the win. Players making rash challenges lead to cards or penalty kicks, both of which give the opposition the advantage. SO Joey and Tiote need to keep their cool in the middle and let their passing put the sting into the unwashed.

  5. Is it just me that thinks he is trying to shift the blame onto the fans for our poor home form. These are most likely the same fans that supported them in the championship when we had our unbeaten home record. I normally think Barton is alright but I’m foaming at this a bit. he says the fans have got at him a bit at times (it’s probably been for good reason if they have.) I think the fans have been pretty supportive of him considering the amount of controversy he has brought to the club and the amount he has been injured.

  6. lualua…no he’s right,we’re crap home fans and we were’nt much better last year at home when we romped the league…as home fans we are crap…even v Villa we weren’t great…6-0 :shock: