Newcastle United have had a stunning start to the 2010/11 Premier League season, but if there is one negative it’s their stuttering home form at St James’ Park. That came back to haunt the Magpies on Wednesday as they lost 2-1 to Blackburn and former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce got one over his old club. It wasn’t the result that made the headlines, though, it was Joey Barton and the return of his ‘bad boy’ image. Barton has been banned for three matches by the FA for his punch on Morten Gamst Pedersen, something he has since apologised for. Here he is talking to Newcastle’s success story of the season Andy Carroll, who himself has got into trouble off the pitch, but what pearls of wisdom are they sharing?
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