Before this weekend I didn’t really care much for Wolves manager Mick McCarthy. I always found him quite amusing with his deadpan face and dour demeanour. But personally I’ve always held a bit of a grudge with him over the Roy Keane / 2002 World Cup fiasco, Keano being a hero of mine.
But after that game with Newcastle at the weekend I’ve got to say I’m now probably his number one fan. Why you may ask? Because he gave us something we’d all been wanting to see for a long time. Joey Barton getting kicked to pieces for an extended period of time.
The way he set his side up to simply boot lumps out of the Newcastle man with no shame or remorse was fantastic. Karl Henry led the attack, with a bit of back up from Matt Jarvis and Adlene Guedioura. It was just wonderful to watch.
Now I’m not a violent person, unlike Barton, but if there was anyone I’d like to have seen get crunched it was that shit. And I surely can’t be alone?
Let’s not forget Barton’s past. He broke a pedestrian’s leg with his car. He’s spent time in prison for assault and affray. Then there was the incident at Manchester City where a stubbed a cigar out in a youth player’s eye. Not to mention some of the horrendous tackles he’s made on the pitch. Dickson Ethuhu and Xabi Alonso spring to mind.
There’s no doubt as to why McCarthy instructed his players to ‘get stuck in’ to Barton. It wasn’t for some sort of vendetta, just to wind him up and hopefully get himself sent off. And to Barton’s credit he kept his cool pretty well. It’s unbelievable though that in these times when taking your shirt off is a yellow card offence that no-one was sent off on Saturday.
So, all-in-all a game that was never going to be a thriller was the highlight of the weekend’s action for me. It’s always nice to see someone get what’s coming to them, though it’d take a season of matches like Saturday’s to repay for all the nasty stuff Barton’s done.
For those who haven’t seen Barton getting pummelled, or would just like to relive it over and over and over, check the video that follows. Even Hansen and Shearer enjoyed it.
Mick McCarthy and Karl Henry, the weekend’s heroes.
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