Oh yes, he did it again!
Well you couldn’t say it was unexpected. Joey ‘Nutcase’ Barton, playing for the Toon Army for the first time since January, was clearly in the mood to get the boo boys off his back and let his football do the talking, well at least that is what we had all hoped.
After 70 minutes of doing very little Joey decided it was time to get noticed. Xabi Alonso was minding his own business in an area of the field where he was doing very little damage and then along came the former Man City madman with a two footed tackle which was worth an 18 rated certificate. The idiot then tried to convince anyone who would listen that this was an incorrect dismissal and act that only served to show just how clearly unhinged he is. For the record Alan Smith was lucky to not have already been red carded for a similar lunge earlier in the game.
Alan Shearer chose his words carefully after the match but he was clearly none to impressed with Barton’s actions which leave him suspended for the final three matches of the season, which in turn begs the question. Will he ever play for Newcastle United again and perhaps more importantly would the fans want him back in any case?