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GUARDIAN/Jamie Jackson - QPR's Joey Barton shines but fails to break deadlock with Newcastle

Joey Barton of QPR, centre, battles with Newcastle's Shola Ameobi during the Premier League match at Loftus Road. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The spice in Joey Barton's debut for Queens Park Rangers against the club he departed amidst such acrimony would always have had more zest if this encounter had been staged at St James' Park before 52,000 baying Newcastle United fans.

Instead, as the QPR manager, Neil Warnock, suggested, the prospect of Barton causing a row with his former team-mates proved nothing more than a pre-match sideshow.

Barton, told by his manager to "play the game not the occasion", said after a match that tapered off in the second half: "It is always a little bit weird, especially in the circumstances that I left but that is football – ships in the night. Onwards and upwards and I am really enjoying being here. It is a great dressing room and a great bunch of lads. I think that shone through on the pitch today."

Now the main game for managers and players alike is gathering as many points as possible before the cold weather sets in, and early-season buoyancy gives way to long months of attrition.

On this showing the jury is out on which club will have struggled more once January arrives, and further personnel can be added for the push towards May and the tilt at retaining Premier League status.

A browse of the programme beforehand revealed an edition bursting with the fresh signings accrued by owner Tony Fernandes's new regime in the 16 days since QPR last turned out, when they had gone down 2-0 at Wigan Athletic.

Barton (signed the day before that defeat) is the obvious star turn. But then came Shaun Wright-Phillips, from Manchester City, Luke Young (Aston Villa), Armand Traoré (Arsenal), DJ Campbell (Blackpool) and Anton Ferdinand (Sunderland).

In the context of these recruits the July arrivals of Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon and Jay Bothroyd were now recast as decent squad additions, rather than uninspiring or unproven fare that did not augur well for Warnock's hopes of avoiding relegation.

That quest is Fernandes's first priority. In Barton, the owner believes he has the player to set a winning tone, a view echoed by Warnock who named the 29-year-old as captain before he walked out to take his place on the right of the middle trio in QPR's 4-3-3.

Warnock said that Barton's performance "epitomised everything about us". The manager added: "I've waited 30 years for an exciting team; it's an exciting time for the club."

Barton proved a presence in his inaugural half in the hooped jersey. A clumsy opening touch was followed by him wresting control to set up a move that would force a free-kick.

Traoré could be one of Warnock's more astute signings. His pace from left-back, alongside that of Wright-Phillips further along the opposing flank, gives QPR a zippier dimension than last season's Championship-winning side. The former Arsenal man illustrated this when, early on, he fed off Bothroyd before whipping in a cross that demanded a finish.

In all the chat of Barton's arrival Adel Taarabt, last year's Championship player of the season, had lately been forgotten. The Morrocan entered the summer as the performer Warnock most hoped to keep, but lined up here having been stripped of the armband by the manager, and with the sense that he needed to prove himself as still among the team's main men.

In two or three moments before the break Taarabt suggested that the new competition around him could elevate his displays. First, collecting possession inside the visitors' half, his class allowed him to sweep a pass sweetly into the run of Wright-Phillips. From this, the winger glanced up and delivered a ball in front of Tim Krul that was just beyond Bothroyd.

It was Taarabt's delivery, too, that later released the excellent Wright-Phillips: his run was first blocked by Krul, before he recollected and dinked a lob beyond the backpedalling keeper that had to be headed off the line.

The Wright-Phillips-Bothroyd axis looked menacing throughout the opening half. Early on, the winger's precise delivery had found the tip of an unmarked Bothroyd's right boot as the striker flung himself into the volley, only for the ex-Cardiff City man to miss his finish from point-blank range.

Newcastle struggled to assert themselves throughout, though they can be happy with another clean sheet. "Am I disappointed with a point?" Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, said. "No, not when we didn't deserve anymore." QPR did. But they should have other days. Guardian

INDEPENDENT - Wright-Phillips glitters but Rangers miss their chance
Queen's Park Rangers 0 Newcastle United 0
By Sam Wallace at Loftus Road

Tony Fernandes bought Neil Warnock as many players as he could in the last 13 days of the transfer window but the one the new owner of Queens Park Rangers could not deliver was a proven goalscorer and, boy, did it show last night.

A storming debut from Shaun Wright-Phillips? Check. Another golden performance from Adel Taarabt? Check. Fans singing the new owner’s name? Check. A feel-good factor around Loftus Road? Check. Joey Barton throwing his shirt into the crowd? Check. A centre-forward who can tuck away one of the many great opportunities served up to him by Wright-Phillips and Taraabt? Fernandes will have to get back to you on that one.

There was so much to admire in this Rangers performance that at times it was easy to forget that they had failed to score the goal that would make the difference. Jay Bothroyd has one England cap to his name but the hard truth was that if he had finished like an international striker last night he would have left the ground with a hat-trick and the matchball.

It was a match that threatened to be, as Alan Pardew put it, “the Joey Barton show”. Newly installed as the QPR captain, the portents suggested it would be Barton’s night but, his solid performance aside, it was Wright-Phillips’ name that was being sung by the home support at the end of the match. Yet in spite of all that, this was an opportunity missed for QPR.

Barton claimed after the match that if his new team to continue to play the same way they would win enough games to stay in the division. “Keeping a clean sheet in football is class, especially considering we had six new players on the pitch," he said. “We should probably have won the game, but if we keep playing like that we'll win games. We've only been together a few days but good players don't take that long to bond and we'll only get better.

“It is always a little bit weird [playing against his former club] especially given the circumstances in which I left, but that’s football. Ships in the night and all that. Onwards and upwards.”

As for Pardew, it was a point that he did not expect to leave west London with given the barrage of attacks that his team faced in the first half in particular. Nevertheless, it was Newcastle’s third clean sheet of the season and, after four games, they are fourth in the Premier League. In any other circumstances that might be regarded as an auspicious start to the season but watching them last night all you could see ahead were problems.

There is, as Pardew puts it, as “spirit and resilience” about them defensively which was best illustrated by an inspired header off the line by Steven Taylor when Wright-Phillips chipped Tim Krul in the first half. Going forward, however, it is a different story. Pardew acknowledged that “being Newcastle we need to threaten the goal” although it was hard to see how they would do that given their resources.

Leon Best had some good moments in the first half, especially an early save he forced from Paddy Kenny but otherwise this was a timid Newcastle side in attack. Pardew brought on Demba Ba in the second half to little effect and afterwards he diplomatically maintained he was happy with his five strikers. He is pinning a lot of hope on Hatem Ben Arfa who Pardew hopes to have back in the team in two weeks’ time.

"That’s a game we haven’t played great in but we have got a point from it,” Pardew said. “One of the players just said in the dressing room that last season we would probably have lost a game like that.” It was a consolation of a sort, but not much.

There may not have been a goal to separate these two teams but there was no doubt which was heading in the right direction. With Barton, Wright-Phillips, Armand Traore, Luke Young and Anton Ferdinand all making their debuts this was a new QPR team and a new owner in the directors’ box taking the applause of his fans. Warnock said that the “oohs and aahs” he could hear from the fans were what he had always wanted as a manager. “I’ve waited 30 years to have an exciting team.”

At the forefront of it all was Taarabt and Wright-Phillips, the latter of whom did just about everything apart from score a goal. Before last night, Wright-Phillips had played just four Premier League games since the turn of the year in a second stint at Manchester City which fizzled out in much the same way as his Chelsea career. The last of his 36 England caps was 11 months ago and, in the last year, the bright promise that he once exuded in his first spell at City has felt increasingly distant.

Last night Wright-Phillips looked like the tricky, jinking winger that he was in his salad days at City. The best of his performance in the first half was a run onto yet another searching ball from Taraabt which Wright-Phillips got to just a fraction before Fabriccio Coloccini. Despite losing his footing he scampered back to his feet and struck a chipped shot that required Taylor’s saving header.

The chemistry between Wright-Phillips and Taraabt was instantaneous to the extent that not even Bothroyd seemed on the same wavelength. His first miss from a Taraabt-Wright-Phillips combination on 15 minutes was a bad one: from a few yards out he volleyed over. He lunged too late for another cross on 22 minutes. Four minutes later he could not get his feet sorted out quick enough to deal with another Wright-Phillips special rolled into him.

Alejandro Faurlin was also impressive and Newcastle struggled to live with their hosts although they matched them up in midfield in the second half and fared better. The two best second half chances fell to Shaun Derry, booked for a bad foul on Best, and he headed both wide. Better results surely lie ahead for Warnock’s side – but you could not be so certain that the future is quite so rosy for Newcastle. Independent

BBC - QPR boss Neil Warnock excited by new-look team

QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips had a fine debut for his new club

Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock said he was excited by his new-look team despite drawing a blank against Newcastle.

The goalless draw was given added gloss by an impressive display by Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was one of six players making their Rangers debut.

"I really enjoyed the game, that's what football is about - excitement," Warnock told BBC Radio 5 live.

Warnock also said making Joey Barton captain was a "logical choice".

Adel Taarabt had been the captain but Barton was given the armband on his debut against his former club, with Warnock adding: "It was just a logical thing really. I had a chat with Adel last week and he was straight away right about it.

"We need somebody as our leader. He (Barton) epitomised what we are about tonight. I thought he handled himself well."

Of his team's wasted chances, Warnock said: "We should have scored some goals, but you can't ask for everything. To put five or six new players [into the side] in 10 days we couldn't have asked for a better performance and I think the crowd will go home happy. I was delighted in the end."

As well as Wright-Phillips and Barton, Anton Ferdinand, Luke Young, Armand Traore and Jason Puncheon all made their QPR debuts.
Continue reading the main story

It was just a logical thing really. We need somebody as our leader. He epitomised what we are about tonight. We will have our moments where things won't go so well, but you have to have that in any healthy relationship

Neil Warnock on giving Joey Barton the captain's armband

But it was former Manchester City winger Wright-Phillips, who was the outstanding performer, creating several chances for the team as they dominated the first half.

"I think there's a lot to come from Shaun," said Warnock. "He's seen players, probably some of lesser ability than him, take over his mantle and he's got something to say about that.

"I think it's exciting times because I think he can score goals if he believes in it and gets in the positions."

Barton said that QPR could take encouragement from the display which keeps them 11th in the Premier League on four points.

"A clean sheet in football is different class, especially considering we had six new players on the pitch," he said. "We should probably have won the game, but if we keep playing like that we'll win games.

"We've only been together a few days but good players don't take that long to bond and we'll only get better." BBC

Posted on: Mon 12 Sep 2011

After watching his new-look QPR side produce a scintillating performance against Newcastle at Loftus Road this evening, Manager Neil Warnock was full of confidence despite seeing his team pick up only a point when they were worthy of all three.

Following the 0-0 draw, Warnock told www.qpr.co.uk:"This is a game that we should have won.

"We created a lot of chances, and I love a game of football like that! There were crosses and shots, and oo's and ahh's, it was a great atmosphere out there and we looked like we enjoyed it.

"And that's what I want us to do - enjoy it!"

Warnock named five new-boys in his starting XI, with Armand Traore, Anton Ferdinand, Luke Young, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton all making their debuts - and he was delighted with the impact they made.

"I thought they did ever-so-well, and I actually thought they brought the best out of everybody else," he said.

"It is difficult to bring in five or six new players and get them all working together in the space of ten days, but we managed to do that with hard work on the training ground.

"The support that we have been given by Tony Fernandes and Amit Bhatia has given everyone a lift. And you could see that tonight."

"It was exciting. Yeah, we didn't win the game but it was great to watch."

The point picked up sees Rangers move into 11th spot in the Premier League after four games, and Warnock added: "I am looking forward to the Wolves game on Saturday - I am looking forward to every game! Even the big boys. They won't fancy coming down here. It augers well."

The match saw Barton handed the captain's armband, but Warnock was understandably pleased with former skipper Adel Taarabt, who was at the heart of everything good about this Rangers display.

"I thought he did well, and I thought Joey brought the best out of him," Warnock said.

"I also thought Shaun Derry and Ali Faurlin were very, very good. It gave Adel the opportunity to pick the ball up in areas where he is good at.

"And I think he will get better and better now because he knows he has got to do well to stay in the team." QPR

Standard - Joey Barton is logical choice to captain QPR, claims Warnock

Neil Warnock admits there will be times when he and Joey Barton are at loggerheads, but the QPR manager is sure he has made the right decision in appointing the controversial star as his new captain.

Barton, who arrived on a free transfer from Newcastle this summer, was one of six new signings to make their Hoops debut in last night's 0-0 draw at home to Barton's previous employers.

His place in the starting XI was always certain, but Warnock's decision to give him the armband previously worn by Adel Taarabt came as a surprise.

Barton has always been a colourful and controversial figure during his time in the game. He was jailed in 2008 for assault and most recently caused ire amongst the Newcastle hierarchy by hitting out at the club's transfer policy on Twitter.

The 29-year-old claims to be a reformed character and Warnock is confident that he and his new captain will develop a relationship to help new owner Tony Fernandes realise his vision of a bright future for the Londoners.

Explaining his decision to appoint Barton as skipper, Warnock said: "It was just a logical thing really.

"I had a chat with Adel last week. Adel was straight away right about it. He appreciates how far we have come now and that we need to drive on now. We need somebody as our leader. He (Barton) epitomised what we are about. It was difficult for him and I thought he handled himself well.

"He just grabbed hold of us. We will have our moments where things won't go so well, but you have to have that in any healthy relationship."

Shaun Wright-Phillips was the most impressive of QPR's debutants. The former Manchester City winger had a delightful chip cleared off the line and looked lively throughout, although he should have buried a second-half chance when clear in the box.

Warnock believes the 29-year-old, who failed to live up to the hype surrounding him at City and Chelsea, will have a good season at Loftus Road.

"I know I'm biased but I think he can get a lot better than that personally," Warnock said. "I said before the game he could get into double figures in terms of goals this year.

"Shaun has seen a lot of players come and go at his previous clubs and some don't have as much ability as him, but it's about opportunities.
"He is a player who people will want to watch."

The stalemate moved the Magpies up to fourth, but manager Alan Pardew was left with mixed feelings because of the poor nature of his team's performance.

"I am not disappointed we did not get any more from this game because we did not deserve any more," Pardew said.

"Our flair players were just a little bit off-key. Sometimes when you don't play well, you get beat. We didn't get beaten tonight." Standard

Newcastle United Official Site
Pardew: "It Was A Tough Game"
Alan Pardew

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Journalist

Alan Pardew was delighted to see his Newcastle United side come away from QPR with a point on Monday night.

The Magpies spent much of the game on the back foot, but held firm in the face of some heavy pressure to secure their eighth point of the season from a possible 12.

The result took Newcastle up to fourth in the Premier League and Pardew acknowledged his side were far from at their best.

"We didn't play well tonight," he told nufcTV. "We lost the central midfield area, which is unusual for us, but we just had two in there and they had three.

"Defensively though we were good. Our full-backs and central pair were brilliant tonight. They had to do a lot of work tonight - too much work - but they still did it very well.

"We need more than that if I'm honest, but we'll take the point because it was a tough game on a small pitch."

For the full interview with Pardew, log on to nufcTV by clicking here. Newcastle

Dave McIntyre/West London Sport

New-look QPR unable to find finish


by David McIntyre

QPR 0 Newcastle 0

While Joey Barton was under scrutiny, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adel Taarabt had Newcastle under the cosh – yet somehow this match ended goalless.

All eyes were on Barton, making his QPR debut against the club that showed him the door.

The midfielder showed glimpses of his undeniable ability but of the Rangers new boys, it was Wright-Phillips who produced the stand-out performance.

And, seemingly determined not to be surpassed by the recent high-profile arrivals, Taarabt sparkled during a first half in which the home side did everything but score.

New owner Tony Fernandes – flanked by fellow major shareholder Lakshmi Mittal – attended his first match since his recent takeover at Loftus Road.

And there was plenty to suggest that takeover will prove to be the difference between QPR being competitive in the Premier League and not – despite their failure to add the all-important finishing touch.

There were debuts for their four other pre-deadline signings with Luke Young, Anton Ferdinand and Armand Traore in the starting line-up and Jason Puncheon featuring as a late substitute.

Two of them combined after nine minutes, when Traore’s left-wing cross was headed over by Wright-Phillips.

At the other end, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny did well to tip away a low shot from Leon Best after the Magpies striker had squirmed away from Danny Gabbidon.

But the first half was dominated by Neil Warnock’s men, who created another opening when Taarabt sprayed the ball wide to Wright-Phillips and the winger’s cross was sliced over by Jay Bothroyd.

Taarabt then began to find space in the opposing half almost at will – something his critics doubted he would be allowed to do in the top flight.

He was able to pick out Alejandro Faurlin and the Argentine in turn shifted the ball into the path of Wright-Phillips, who fired into the side netting.

Now in full flow, Taarabt delightfully turned away from Fabricio Coloccini and again teed Wright-Phillips up for a right-wing cross that Bothroyd was unable to connect with.

Rangers went close again when another right-wing Wright-Phillips cross caused panic in the Newcastle penalty area and after Steven Taylor managed to hold off Bothroyd, Faurlin pounced on the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.

Rangers kept up the pressure and were denied a half-time lead by two goal-line clearances.

First, Danny Simpson blocked Bothroyd’s header following yet another cross by Wright-Phillips, who went agonisingly close to scoring six minutes before the break.

Once more Taarabt picked up space and released his new team-mate, who gave Coloccini the slip before delightfully chipping keeper Tim Krul, only for Taylor to head away from underneath the bar.

Unsurprisingly, Rangers were unable to repeat that level of intensity in the second half. And they were forced into a change when Traore limped off five minutes after the restart and was replaced at left-back by Matt Connolly.

But they were presented with a golden chance when Wright-Phillips beat the offside trap to collect Faurlin’s pass but hurriedly sliced his shot wide.

Shaun Derry headed Taarabt’s corner narrowly wide and Wright-Phillips sent a 20-yard drive over the bar as Rangers tried in vain to break the deadlock.

The standing ovation Wright-Phillips received when he made way for Puncheon underlined the quality of his display and the potential for him to have a major influence this season.

He was electrifying at times, but the team’s lack of a cutting edge was perhaps ominous on a night when the signs for Rangers were otherwise very good indeed. West London Sport


The R's were forced to accept a share of the spoils with Newcastle, despite a dominant display at Loftus Road.

In front of the watching Tony Fernandes, who was in W12 to watch his first QPR match since obtaining a majority shareholding in the Club last month, Rangers were dominant for the entirety of the 90 minutes and will come away from this one wondering how they didn't collect all three points.

Indeed, spurred on by R's skipper on the night and former Geordie favourite Joey Barton, Neil Warnock's side had a countless number of chances to find the net but were unable to produce a winning goal for all of their positive play.

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jay Bothroyd both saw efforts cleared off the line for Neil Warnock's side in the first half, who will draw plenty of positives from this one ahead of Saturday's trip to face Wolves at Molineux.

Warnock handed R's debuts to no less than five new signings for the visit of Newcastle to W12.

Recent captures Barton, Anton Ferdinand, Armand Traore, Wright-Phillips and Luke Young were all named in Rangers' starting XI, with the former - who, of course, recently joined the R's from the Toon Army - also handed the Captain's armband.

Elsewhere, deadline day signing Jason Puncheon was also named among the Rangers substitutes.

Paddy Kenny was in goal for the R's, with Young, Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon and Traore making up QPR's back four.

Shaun Derry and Alejandro Faurlin were in defensive midfield, behind the more advanced trio of Wright-Phillips, Adel Taarabt and skipper Barton.

Bothroyd led the line up front for Rangers.

A rip-roaring cauldron of noise greeted the players as they entered the field of play - and if the opening 10 or so minutes were anything to go by, this was set to be a real humdinger.

Rangers had the first opportunity of note on five minutes. Faurlin, Wright-Phillips and Taarabt all combined to effect, before the latter lashed a shot straight at Tim Krul in the Geordies net.

The R's were soon on the attack again, with Faurlin, Wright-Phillips and Traore all exchanging passes.

Thereafter, the Senegalese full-back's cross fell on to the head of Wright-Phillips, who somehow nodded his header over the target with the goal gaping from close range.

Play soon switched to the other end. A ball was played into the feet of Leon Best and, when he turned marker Ferdinand on 20 yards, the former Coventry striker's subsequent low drive forced an outstanding finger-tip save from Kenny.

Moments later, great work from Taarabt saw the magical Moroccan turn his marker on a six pence before laying a pass out wide to Wright-Phillips, whose cross was fired over the bar by Bothroyd.

Rangers were rampant and, by now, should have been ahead. On 16 minutes, lovely passing play from the R's saw Taarabt, Faurlin and Wright-Phillips all combine, before the latter drilled an effort just wide of the right-hand post from the edge of the box.

Soon after, more delicious work from Taarabt saw the gifted ace again turn one marker before nutmegging another and, when his ball found Wright-Phillips out wide on the right, the diminutive winger's cross just evaded the outstretched leg of Bothroyd six yards from goal.

Rangers' first-half showing was quite something to behold, but they still didn't have the goal that their fantastic football deserved.

The play centred all around QPR and, after Taarabt found Wright-Phillips down the right-hand channel, his low centre got tangled under the feet of Bothroyd, before the ball broke loose and Faurlin arrived in the box to smash a deflected shot inches over the bar.

On 27 minutes, Taarabt played a short corner to Wright-Phillips. The livewire wide-man then sent over a dinked cross on to the head of Bothroyd, whose looping header looked destined to find the net before his header was cleared off the line.

Newcastle were living dangerously - especially on 39 minutes, when Rangers went desperately close yet again.

Taarabt picked up possession in his own half, displaying great close control before sending Wright-Phillips in the clear.

The former Manchester City man beat marker Fabricio Colloccini to the ball before executing an expert lob over Krul and, when the ball bounced towards an unguarded net, Steven Taylor was on hand to clear the ball and spare Newcastle's blushes.

Rangers started the second half in similar vein to the first - dominant from the first whistle.

Taarabt forced a comfortable stop from Krul just a minute into the second period.

Seven minutes later, Faurlin played a fantastic pass over the top of the Newcastle defence that found Wright-Phillips, before the R's attacker miscued with his subsequent effort and eventually ran the ball out of play.

How the R's weren't already ahead was anybody's guess, especially in the 66th minute, when Barton's corner was headed inches wide of the left-hand post by Derry.

Minutes later, the one-way traffic continued. Barton sent Wright-Phillips in the clear and, when he dinked a cross over the onrushing Krul, Bothroyd then smashed an effort wide of the target - albeit under heavy pressure from his marker.

On 73 minutes, a Barton corner from the right-hand side again found the head of Derry, whose effort this time went quite a way wide of the target.

Warnock decided to throw on DJ Campbell at the expense of Bothroyd with 10 minutes left to play, in an attempted to grab a deserved winner.

Campbell wasn't involved in Rangers' next attack, but it almost produced winner.

Wright-Phillips turned one man and then evaded the challenges of two more, before smashing an effort just over the bar.

QPR: Kenny, Derry, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Bothroyd (Campbell 80), Faurlin, Traore (Connolly 51), Barton, Young, Wright-Phillips (Puncheon 88), Ferdinand.

Subs: Murphy, Hall, Buzsaky, Smith, Puncheon.

Bookings: Derry (36)

Newcastle United: Krul, Coloccini, Cabaye, Simpson, R.Taylor, Gutierrez, Best (Marveaux 82) S.Ameobi (Ba 64), Tiote, Obertan (S.Ameobi 88), S.Taylor.

Subs: Elliot, Santon, Guthrie, Lovenkrands.

Bookings: S.Ameobi (8), Tiote (63), S.Taylor (87)

Referee: Mr P Dowd

Attendance: 16,211 (1279 away) QPR

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