Barton: I love Marseille's fighting spirit

The 30-year-old was full of praise for his side's mentality to get back into the game from two goals down against Fenerbahce and was elated to make his long-awaited debut
Joey Barton has revealed he was delighted to finally made his debut for Marseille as they fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Fenerbahce at the Saracoglu Stadium in the Europa League on Thursday.

The English midfielder has been on loan at the Ligue 1 side since moving there August 31, but a 12-game domestic ban after lashing out at Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, had prevented him from making his debut.

Barton, dubbed the ‘sweet and tender hooligan’ by L’OM fans, managed 71 minutes of action before being substituted and shortly after the game he told the official team website: "I'm very proud to have played my first game for Marseille.

"We really do have a very good team, a team that plays together. The team is ambitious and plays good football.”

The former Newcastle midfielder was also complimentary about Thursday night’s opponents while also praising the mentality showed by his team-mates in fighting back to salvage a point away from home.

“It was a very difficult match against excellent opponents in a fantastic stadium with a truly amazing atmosphere. I was really impressed by the team's great spirit and we fought back to get a draw. I loved that spirit," Barton added.

"Physically, I'm not 100 per cent after four months without a game, but I'm getting there."