Date: 29th October 2008 at 6:48pm
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Having put his faith in the ability of Joey Barton to retain his discipline whilst still packing a punch in midfield, Joe Kinnear was vindicated following a decent performance in the engine room by the Scouser. Barton`s penalty laid the platform for the victory and Kinnear was moved to comment:

“He showed a lot of bottle to do that. He wasn’t on penalties and he’d have been in trouble if he’d missed, but fair play to him, he’s obviously a very confident lad. He stuck it away well and he’s trying to prove a point – all he wants is to play football and be given a chance. Whatever happened in the past has gone. It’s done and dusted and hopefully Newcastle fans will see that.”