Spot on Joey is the man that helped pick Toon up off the floor
NOBODY will be getting too carried away with it but as far as Newcastle United's recovery is concerned the three points picked up against West Brom represent the moment that the Magpies beat the count and climbed back to their feet again.
Floored by Sunderland in their last game and sent tumbling to the canvas, Newcastle probably threw a few punches as well in the game with the Baggies - and now have the bit between their teeth once more.
And in the middle of it all was the man with so much to prove, Joey Barton.
Three points against West Brom most importantly gave Toon fans belief that perhaps the current crop of players aren't as bad as people made them out to be.
A sense of pride was evident in the Newcastle players with Joey Barton the man who seemed to galvanise his team-mates.
In life in general it only takes one bad egg or one stupid idiot to spoil the party, doesn't it?
But, while some may disagree, Barton is not a stupid idiot.
And instead of upsetting the apple cart he appeared to be the one holding both handles and delicately wheeling it down a cobbled Bigg Market street against West Brom.
He's a talented player who has made mistakes through booze and lost control but is now sober and fighting for his Newcastle career.
Newcastle offered an "over my dead body" type of performance which at times wasn't pretty.
But on the flip side could have been all over at half-time - and both halves were influenced by Barton's presence.
Firstly the drive and communication with his team-mates was there for all to see.
At half-time he was clearly trying to get Jose Enrique to come out of his shell and throughout the night he positively encouraged the rest of his team-mates to keep going - something that was lacking during the seven game stretch without a win.
Some will always hate Barton but it's obvious he could make it hard for people not to warm to him especially if he can keep on giving wholehearted displays like this.
And while he has probably only repaid a couple of quid back to his transfer fee with his match winning performance and spot-kick that helped win three important points.
Like it or not, he could end up being Newcastle's main man this season.
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