Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton held his own yesterday and stayed on the pitch after a string of committed challenges against him. At the end of the match Wolves manager Mick McCarthy and Barton were seen in an exchange of words with Joey seemingly making it clear he felt targeted.
McCarthy said of the exchange;
"We were only laughing. I think he was complaining about one or two of the tackles. I said to him 'you are hardly a shrinking violet yourself Joey so come on mate'.
He just said about my team and tackling and I thought there is the kettle calling the pot black if ever I heard it.
We were laughing about it. It was nothing at all in terms of harsh words. I was laughing at the fact he even said it."
Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton praised Barton for keeping his cool, he said;
"Did Barton do well to keep his cool? Yes. It was a competitive game, which is one you expect when you come here.
These are a good honest team and it was a real tough game for us.
Amongst all that, you've got to keep calm and composed but I think when you are a wholehearted midfield player yourself, you accept that it goes both ways.
Sometimes it comes out in your favour and sometimes it doesn't."
It was clear from the start Karl Henry had been told to rough up Barton, his challenges were ridiculous, and had those challenges been against Man Utd or Chelsea players the player would have been dismissed, but because it was Joey Barton it was ok to assault him, I am not sticking up for Barton as McCarthy said he is no shrinking violet, But it was obvious McCarthy had informed Henry to try and get at Barton & also other players to have a go at him, It was either to try and get him dismissed or to get back at him in some way? I think if other managers now watch that and think its ok to do that then your looking at possibly ruining a players career, To add the refaree was appauling,
When your tactics are to go and kick the @#$%& out of one of the oppositions players then you know you are a poor manager. Had we got an Eduardo style injury would the Match of the Day pundits have had a laugh about it all?
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becksa09 sadly didn't get to watch the game, but it sounded like they were battering Joey.
Bartons a pr*ck thats hated by all clubs apart from u lot, the wanksta*n deserved all he got .I just hope he picks up a career threatening injury with someone snapping his f*cking legs in the not to distant future
i can guess why you call yourself an 'angry wolf', friend. dont take out mother natures mistakes on us though, please.
with surgery and counselling you could reach the heights of subnormal human being some day.
good luck, and enjoy the remaining sunlight on your face. whether its this year or not, you wont be in the premier long, i think we all know that to be true.
Well said angry wolf. Every club and their fans hate Barton apart from the cartoon army. How they can sit their watching him play for their team makes me sick as he doesn't deserve to be a pro-footballer. We are talking about a bloke who has served time for assault, ran over someone whilst driving and stubbs a cigarette out in someones eyes. Yet you still think he's a god and defend him all the time. Well this just shows how pathetic you are, and it showed last week when you only took 1,500 to Molineux when the normal away allocation is 3,000.
Henry challenged barton 7 times during the match last week and he won the ball cleanly in 5 of them.
How is it the fans fault if the CLUB does not accept full ticket allocation - which exactly what happened at Manchester United and Wolves. You imply the fans just didn't turn up - which wasn't the case.
I have no respect for Joey Barton's violent behaviour, but what I will say is that if he wasn't at Newcastle he would be playing else where in the league. There are plenty of "nasty" players in the leagues and yet they are all still playing.
You arguement is a few years out of date and we have heard it all before.
Its a shame Wolves couldn't hack it at home and get a win off us, our away record has been shocking over the years.
So the backward Wolves fans are back. These two appear even thicker than the scattering we had on when we were relegated. Funny they havnt been back since we p155ed the championship.
Doesnt matter how much a player is hated it doesnt make it right for a team to get away with fouls. If it was Barton who was taking Henry out then he would have been strung up and Mick Mc would have been moaning his t1t5 off to the media.
Wolves are a poor mans Stoke so you lot can f00k off and come back when you have spent more than ten minutes in the premier.
It made me laugh that they think we think that Barton is a god, Barton has had quite a bit stick on here, and I was one that said lots of negative stuff about him, but when he deserves credit I will give it. I thought he did well and I am pleased that he didn't react, otherwise the papers and crackheads Wolves fans would have a pop.
Wolves are not staying in the premiership long, and when they go down either this season or next, then I suppose we won't see you again.
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