Warnock backs captain Barton

Updated: 13 September 2011 15:00 IST

QPR manager Neil Warnock has explained his decision to install new signing Joey Barton as club captain, saying the controversial midfielder was the "logical" choice to skipper his team.

Warnock backs captain Barton
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QPR manager Neil Warnock has explained his decision to install new signing Joey Barton as club captain, saying the controversial midfielder was the "logical" choice to skipper his team.

Barton's move to Loftus Road was one of the most eye-catching deals of the transfer window, with the 29-year-old joining from Newcastle after an acrimonious departure from St James Park.

Warnock pulled another surprise on Monday by naming Barton as captain on his home debut, replacing last season's skipper Adel Taarabt, as the newly promoted west London side held Newcastle to a 0-0 draw.

"It was just a logical thing really," Warnock said of his decision to hand the armband to Barton.

"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."

Meanwhile Warnock was purring with pleasure about the home debut of another QPR's transfer window signings, former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Wright-Phillips had one superb chip cleared off the line and was at the heart of several promising QPR attacks throughout, and Warnock believes the England international is set for a fruitful season.

"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."

Newcastle meanwhile moved up to fourth after the draw although manager Alan Pardew was unhappy with a below-par 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."

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