Street justice at Molineux
You have to laugh at Mick McCarthy's attitude after United's game with Wolves and the treatment dished out on Joey Barton.
The rules of the world game are designed to be applied in each game as it comes but in the eyes of McCarthy, there appears to be a roll-over system in place.
Joey Barton complained to McCarthy when walking of the field at Molineux that the home side's tactics were over the top on the day.
McCarthy's response was "You're no shrinking violet yourself son."
So let's just get this straight.
In the eyes of McCarthy, because Joey Barton has form and has been involved in a few dirty tackles himself earlier in his career - it's all fine to kick him to near unconsciousness?
The rules of the game go out of the window therefore and instead McCarthy's street justice system comes into play.
That sort of attitude is akin to local 5aside leagues and Sunday League when a player walks on to the field having had trouble before with a ref or a team - and is usually set about early in the game or ends up doubly punished for fouls and niggles other players will get away with.
But this was meant to be the best league in the world with people paying their hard earned to see it.
Thankfully Barton out-thought Wolves and the referee.
We all know how Wolves fans felt about the performance of Stuart Attwell, well I do because I had to hear Stan Collymore on a radio phone-in inciting them to come on the air and cry about how badly they thought they'd been treated!
Make no doubt about it Molineux is a hard place to go and the fans make it what it is but talk about blinkered?
Attwell is not one of the best refs in the Premier League but what was he meant to do?
He clamped down on all seven of the fouls on Barton and issued yellow cards as Wolves queued up to chop Barton in the hope of a rise: Correct as far as Attwell is concerned.
Attwell then booked several Newcastle players who became frustrated and bit back: Correct as per the laws of the game.
So what exactly were the Wolves crying about?
Don't get me wrong, Newcastle United in the last few years allowed standards to dip.
But who do Wolves think they are?
In my opinion they're a team and a set of fans that are wet behind the ears as far as Premier League football is concerned.
Or maybe I'm getting carried away and applying McCarthy logic and allowing the past the influence any process of clear think.
They did used to play in Divison Four in my lifetime didn't they and their ground did used to be a bit of a tip with a muddy grass bank as part of the away end?
Well, I was delighted to see Newcastle United players stand up to the physical nature of Wolves' style of play and give a bit back.
In the end Newcastle could easily have nicked it after they failed to deal with Carroll and he rose to head home, although they did have a few chances themselves and in the end edged the possession.
And whatever way you look at it, Wolves didn't succeed in A) Getting a rise out of Barton or any Toon players, B) Getting three points and C) Winning any respect from the watching world of football