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Midfielder hailed his side's character after bouncing back from defeat at West Brom, while Jamie Mackie reveals squad aren't allowed to know rivals' results before kick off

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has hailed his side’s spirit as well as the influence of their fans following their 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Loftus Road.

Adel Taarabt’s first-half free-kick ensured Mark Hughes’ men recorded all three points against their London rivals and took a massive leap towards Premier League survival.

The win saw QPR move above Wigan and establish a three-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, and Barton expressed his delight following their poor showing in the defeat at West Brom a week ago.

“Testament to the spirit in the camp, especially to bounce back after a disappointing performance at West Brom last week,” Barton told ESPN

“We’ve been magnificent at home and credit goes to the lads, not only the lads that played but the lads within the camp because it takes real resolve and resilience to go and play those top sides and I think we’ve shown that today.”

Barton’s QPR side recorded the win in front of a near capacity 18,000 at Loftus Road, and the former Newcastle man was quick to praise the passionate home support.

“Can I just say credit to the fans, if anyone was at the game today the atmosphere in there [Loftus Road] was immense,” he added.

Despite the win, the game was marred by the sending off of match-winner Adel Taarabt.

Confusion surrounded the Moroccan’s dismissal, as referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to show him a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, yet failed to show a red card until some 16 seconds later.

Barton says Taarabt consulted him about the second yellow, but admits he didn’t see the incident, himself.

He continued: “I’m going to have to give the Arsene Wenger answer and say 'I didn’t see it'.

“All I saw was Adel saying to me ‘I think I’ve been booked twice’ and then obviously he got sent off, but we’ll get to the bottom of it no doubt, it’ll be there for all to see.

“But today was a testament to the lads, like I say, we’ve dug in and put those hard yards in, the last 10 minutes the lads have grafted hard and got a massive three points for this football club.”

Prior to QPR’s late kick-off, there was a mixed bag of results for sides surrounding the Rs in the table, with Wigan losing, Bolton drawing and Blackburn winning.

However, Barton’s team-mate Jamie Mackie revealed the side are not allowed to check on the results of other teams prior to kick-off.

“We had it on at the start obviously but when it got to about 10 minutes before we were going out we’ve got to switch on and worry about ourselves,” Mackie told ESPN.

“There’s no point the other results going our way if we don’t perform ourselves.”