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The QPR captain looks set to bounce back from his latest setback after being dropped by manager Mark Hughes and criticised by fans following a poor performance against Liverpool

After suffering a dip in form, QPR captain Joey Barton has hit out at his critics, declaring that he cannot wait to prove them wrong.

The midfielder has struggled over recent weeks with poor performances and, as one of the club's highest earners and Mark Hughes' skipper, the former Newcastle midfielder has been poorly received by fans.

A dreadful performance in his side's 3-2 victory against Liverpool saw Barton hauled off for eventual match-winner Jamie Mackie, as the QPR faithful booed their captain.

The 29-year-old was then an unused substitute for the club's away trip to Sunderland, which they lost 3-1.

"It’s a two-way thing," Barton told the QPR matchday programme. "As players, we’ve got a huge responsibility – but the fans have too. They are the proverbial 12th man.

"I’m hoping that this ground can become a unified fortress for our final four home games. We're all in it together.

"I can’t wait to get out there and prove all my doubters wrong. Over time, I’m convinced I’ll do that."

QPR are 11/1 with Bet365 to be drawing at half-time and winning at full-time when they take on Arsenal on Saturday.


Barton will be hoping to force his way into Hughes' plans for when the R's play host to the in-form Gunners, with his side currently sitting in 18th place in the Premier League - a point behind Bolton, having played a game more.

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