Pardew wants Barton control

Midfielder urged to continue to curb fighting instincts in survival scrap

Barton: A target for rivals

Loading Market ...

Football Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes that Joey Barton can continue to control his emotions in a tense conclusion to the season.

SKY SPORTS ON SKY There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more.

The permanently under-scrutiny midfielder is often a target for opponents who attempt to test the 28-year-old's infamously short fuse and gain a numerical advantage in manpower by provoking a red card.

Stoke's Ricardo Fuller initiated an incident last weekend, but, having been banned for three matches earlier in the season after a clash with Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen, Barton managed to avoid lashing out.

Newcastle host Wolves after the international break and, in a match with importance in the Premier League relegation battle, Barton will again find himself facing Karl Henry following a feisty game at Molineux last August.

With Newcastle in danger of being sucked into the heart of the survival scrap after slipping to within four points of the drop zone, Pardew is desperate for Barton to keep some of his own fighting instincts under control.


Pardew told The Journal: "If Ricardo Fuller had just run up to me and kicked me, I would have been angry, and Joey was, you saw that in his reaction last weekend.

"I think the referee realised what was going on, he knew what Stoke were trying to do and he handled it very well, as did Joey really.

"There was provocation, but he stayed calm and spoke to the referee. Sometimes he is a target, we have seen that before this season.

"It was crazy at Stoke at times, but Joey knows that they are trying to get him to lose his cool - and he has managed to keep control of his emotions.

"I'm sure other teams will try to do the same sort of thing between now and the end of the season. Joey is one of our key players and they want to stop him, but he knows what they are trying to do."

Post a Comment

All fields required, your email address will not be displayed with your comment

Post a Comment

All fields required, your email address will not be displayed with your comment