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Newcastle's Barton begins road to redemption

Joey Barton dedicated his first goal for Newcastle to all the people he has let down. The 26-year-old Newcastle midfielder has been left in little doubt as to the task he faces as he attempts to rehabilitate himself both on and off the pitch.

The £5.8m signing scored a ninth-minute penalty to set up a nervy 2-1 victory, and he could hardly have been more pleased.

He said: "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.

"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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