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Barton inspires new-look QPR

QPR's new-look team put in an impressive display as they ran out comfortable winners against Wolves at Molineux yesterday.

QPR captain Joey Barton scored his first goal for the club in the eighth minute when he converted a cross from Shaun Wright-Phillips, and it was 2-0 in the 10th thanks to Alejandro Faurlin's strike -- as Wanderers were made to pay for slack defending.

The visitors added a deserved third with three minutes of normal time remaining -- substitute DJ Campbell opening his own account for the club by sliding in Armand Traore's pass.

Neil Warnock will take huge encouragement from the performance as his side, featuring the five permanent signings recruited since Tony Fernandes' takeover of the London club, ran rings around their opponents at times. With the likes of Barton and Wright-Phillips instrumental in proceedings, it seems a new era for the Loftus Road outfit has now truly begun.

Wolves took to the field without striker Steven Fletcher, who was ruled out after sustaining a groin injury in last week's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, but winger Matt Jarvis was fit to come in.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy threw on Stephen Hunt for Jarvis in the second half, while Warnock sent Campbell and Tommy Smith into action in place of Jay Bothroyd and Adel Taarabt.

But the visitors were not to be denied, and Campbell was teed up by Traore in the 87th minute to cap off a fine performance.

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