Sunday 20 January 2019

Barton: 'I'll prove I'm not finished'

Joey Barton
Joey Barton

Burnley's Joey Barton admits he is fuelled by those who said he was finished following his Rangers nightmare.

Two months after the Gers cut ties with their midfielder after a dreadful stint north of the border, Barton marked his first appearance in England's top flight in 601 days by coming off the bench to score a late free-kick as Burnley defeated Southampton 1-0.

Although he is potentially facing an English Football Association ban for alleged betting breaches, Barton repaid some of Sean Dyche's faith with his match-winning contribution at Turf Moor.

"I feel I'm in a better place physically and mentally," he said.

"I'm a lot more hungry because people have written me off. I'm a lot more humble because the club didn't have to show this faith in me.

"It hasn't been an easy couple of months as you can imagine. There are not that many players who take that route of going to Scotland, it not working out, and before you know it, it's January and you're back playing in the Premier League and scoring the winner. Even I didn't think that was possible.

"Sometimes things just work out funny. Football is a funny old game.

"The amount of people who wrote me off after what happened in Scotland...not many people make it back after it not going to plan in the SPL. They don't really come back and hit the ground running in the Premier League."

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