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Friday 16 March 2012

Barton: QPR must remain positive

Rangers skipper rallies team ahead of vital match against Liverpool

Joey Barton joined Queens Park Rangers from Newcastle United last summer

Queens Park Rangers skipper Joey Barton says the club must not dwell on their recent results as they look to get themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

QPR take on Liverpool on Wednesday hoping to end a run that has seen them fail to record a League victory since they beat Wigan Athletic on January 21st.

Since then they have drawn twice and suffered defeats against Wolves, Blackburn, Fulham and Bolton.

"These results are hurting everyone in our dressing room, without a shadow of a doubt"
- Joey Barton

But Barton says his team must dust themselves down and look forward to the matches ahead.

"There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves," Barton told the club's official website. "That is not going to help the situation.

"We have made a concerted effort to focus on the next challenge, and that challenge is Liverpool on Wednesday night."

QPR are currently in 18th place, only one point from safety, with 10 matches left to play.

Only four points separate the bottom five teams and Barton has assured QPR supporters that the players are giving everything to try to move out of trouble.

“These results are hurting everyone in our dressing room, without a shadow of a doubt," he added.

"I am sure the QPR fans who have been with this Club and supported it through thick and thin - and will continue to be there for years to come - know that we are all trying.

"And certainly from my point of view they are the fans that we give our utmost for when we go on to that pitch."

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Key Points

  • Captain Joey Barton says QPR must not dwell on their recent restults
  • QPR have not had a League win since Wigan on January 21st
  • Rangers next face Liverpool at Loftus Road on Wednesday