Barton moans about being grounded but keeps his cool

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Newcastle United 1

Like him or loath him, there is no doubt that the Premier League has missed Joseph Anthony Barton.

Barely a week after sporting the worst facial hair since the hey-day of the Bee Gees, Barton was displaying remarkable resilience to keep his notorious temper in check, in what was a testing afternoon for the Newcastle midfielder. In a game containing 12 bookings, four of the cautions were for fouls on Barton, and it was a compelling duel between the 27-year-old and Karl Henry, the Wolves captain.

Maturity has not always been a quality Barton can lay claim to, but he displayed it in spades at Molineux, refusing to react despite extreme provocation. Admittedly, he trudged off the field complaining about his treatment to Mick McCarthy but his performance was a clear sign that he may have learned from his previous misdemeanours.

Henry, however, was still less than impressed. "He seems to think he's a bit of a player who puts his foot in but I certainly didn't see any of that from him," he said. "I saw a lot of shoving players around off the ball. That's how it goes.

"I knew with Alan Smith and Barton it was going to be a physical battle, and we were certainly up for it as much as they were. I've got a lot of time for Smith, he loves a tackle, but Barton was moaning in the referee's ear all the time and not happy about getting put to the floor.

"Is his bark worse than his bite? I think so – no, I know so. There was a lot of talk, a lot of moaning as usual. Not a lot to back it up with though."

Neither Wolves nor Newcastle looked like relegation fodder on the evidence here. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake arrowed in a half-volley two minutes before half-time to stun the visitors, who had dominated the opening stages. But the outstanding Andy Carroll registered his fourth goal in two games in the 62nd minute to earn Newcastle a deserved point. Carroll was at times unplayable and even if he did miss out on England's senior squad last night, recognition from Fabio Capello is surely not too far away.

Match facts

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-4-2): Hahnemann; Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward; Jarvis, Henry, Jones (Guedioura, 72), Van Damme (Zubar, 56); Ebanks-Blake, Doyle (Fletcher, 72). Substitutes not used: Edwards, Stearman, Hennessey (gk), Mancienne.

Booked Berra, Doyle, Guedioura, Henry, Jarvis, Van Damme, Zubar.

Newcastle United (4-5-1): Harper; Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique; Routledge, Barton, Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez; Carroll (Ameobi, 80). Substitutes not used: Lovenkrands, Taylor, Krul (gk), Vuckic, Ranger.

Booked Ameobi, Barton, Carroll, Nolan, Perch.

Man of the match Henry.

Referee S Attwell (Warks)

Attendance 27,745.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The cartoon depicts the UK (far left) walking around a Syrian child refugee
newsIn an exclusive artwork for The Independent, Ali Ferzat attacks Britain's lack of 'humanity'
Life and Style
tech
Sport
footballManager attacks Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp after criticism of Diego Costa's apparent stamping
News
video
Life and Style
food + drink
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore