Friday 15 December 2017

Austin frustrated by Barton red

QPR striker Charlie Austin, right, was unimpressed with the sending off of Joey Barton, left, at Hull
QPR striker Charlie Austin, right, was unimpressed with the sending off of Joey Barton, left, at Hull

Charlie Austin has vented his frustration at QPR captain Joey Barton's costly sending off against Hull.

Barton was dismissed just 32 minutes into a crunch clash at the foot of the table having aimed a low blow at Tom Huddlestone.

Players from both sides had clashed after Rangers debutant Darnell Furlong was penalised for a full-blooded challenge of Nikica Jelavic, but Barton's decision to take a cheap shot at his opposite number was crass and unnecessary.

Barton insists he was only guilty of overdoing his defence of 19-year-old Furlong but after Hull bagged a vital 2-1 win courtesy of Dame N'Doye's 89th minute header, his actions could have grave implications for QPR's relegation battle.

Austin typified the fighting spirit of the 10 men Barton left behind, levelling Jelavic's opener with a fine header, but he could not hide his disappointment at his team-mate's ninth career red card.

"I think he just went over to protect Darnell but it's a silly sending off," said the 14-goal forward.

"It's kind of cost us the game. He's the villain and rightly so for getting sent off. He's got to deal with it.

"He's going to miss the next three games and he's an important player for us, he's our captain.

"He's just held his hands up and said sorry...There's only so many times you can say sorry. We move on now, we've got a squad and that's the main thing."

Barton took to Twitter immediately after the match apologising to fans and players alike, and later gave an expanded account of his latest moment of madness.

The 32-year-old riffed on his reputation for dabbling in cod-philosophy with a proverb about trees that appeared to suggest his past indiscretions had counted against him, and also took a dim view on Hull's part in the incident.

"As one of the tallest trees, you catch the most wind," he stated.

"I won't shy away from it. It's a testament to the kind of person that I am that I've fronted up. I've made a mistake, I'm human and I'll try my utmost to atone for it in whatever way that is.

"I just felt we had a young kid, 19 years of age, making his debut. Really, senior pros shouldn't be running over asking for him to be sent off.

"I'm in a tough position to say this but you've got to have a bit more about you. If the boot was on the other foot, I wouldn't be screaming for a 19-year-old kid from Hull to be sent off."

Hull's deadline day signing N'Doye has gained most of the garlands for his last-gasp winner, his second goal in as many starts.

But boss Steve Bruce made time to share the praise with Jelavic, who is the Tigers' top Premier League goalscorer this season (with eight) and ever (with 12).

"When we signed him (last January) he gave everyone a lift. He's a goalscorer with a wonderful attitude," said Bruce.

"He's a warrior, an old-fashioned type of individual. That makes him the player that he is.

"It's a great return considering he missed a couple of months as well. His goal was great technique.

"When he got injured I don't think we functioned without the number nine but with him back, and with N'Doye alongside him, they're a handful, which we needed."

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