Thursday, March 22, 2012

Barton slates QPR fans

Joey Barton has once again taken to his favourite social medium – Twitter – to criticise the QPR supporters who booed him during Wednesday’s game with Liverpool.

The controversial midfielder was substituted midway through the second half of the contest with Liverpool at Loftus Road.

Barton had not had the best of games and there were several ironic cheers from the crowd who watch football live at Loftus Road when his name was announced. Those cheers then developed into boos as he approached the subs bench.

The R’s were 2-0 down at that stage, but launched and unlikely comeback to snatch the game 3-2 – with the man who came on for Barton, Jamie Mackie, grabbing the winner in stoppage time. It lifted them out of the bottom three but with a tricky fixture list to come they remain favourites to go down in the relegation betting .

After the game Barton – never afraid to voice his opinion – went online to express his frustration at his poor display while also voicing his displeasure at the booing supporters.

"I was awful tonight," Barton said via Twitter. "Worst I've ever played in my career. But we WON...and that's the most important thing. Onwards and upwards.

"Disappointed with fans booing, were [sic] meant to be in it together. They won't break me, guaranteed. I've been through much worse. Form is temporary, class is permanent."

It is that self-confidence – or arrogance – that is both Barton’s greatest strength and weakness. Self-belief and confidence is key for a players progression but Barton’s feeling of superiority – particularly over those who don’t play professional football – is one of the main reasons why he is such a controversial figure.

It is unlikely to be the last time he makes his voice heard.

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