Joey Barton wasted little time in dedicating his first goal at St James' Park to all the people he has let down.
The 26-year-old Newcastle midfielder, pilloried by the nation and pelted with missiles on his return to action at Sunderland at the weekend, responded by setting his team on the road to a vital 2-1 victory over West Brom on Tuesday night.
"That was for all our fans and all the people I have let down. My only wish now that it is the first of many," he said.
"Once the referee pointed to the spot, I really fancied it - although I know a lot of the other players did as well.
"It was never an issue. I am always one to step up to the plate.
"One thing that can never be levelled at me is that I have lacked courage.
"Through my own stupidity, I have had to come back from things, and that has shaped me for what I have got to do."
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