QPR’s promotion bid took a major blow after they were defeated 1-0 by Leicester City, who are also looking to challenge for the automatic promotion spot. They had a significant advantage coming into the encounter, but they were defeated by a Leicester City team that took advantage of the red card to Joey Barton.
The former Manchester city midfielder remains an integral part of the QPR team. He was given to yellow cards with only six minutes remaining in the match. Both yellow cards were for incidents involving Gary Taylor Fletcher. After the match, QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond says that the reputation of Barton went before him in both these incidents.
Barton has a reputation for being a troublemaker, while he also received numerous red cards in his career. It was expected that he would not play for QPR again after the last day fiasco at Manchester City in the 2011-12 season. He has been sent off 8 times since turning professional and he has been playing as a pro only for 11 years. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute to go level on points with QPR, who also remain one point behind Burnley.
QPR have had just two victories in the last five matches. “Joey had already had conversations with the ref. His reputation doesn’t do him any favours. In his position, he can’t afford to put himself up for anything,” said Bond after the match. “Joey’s been excellent for us but he doesn’t need to get involved in that sort of stuff. He’s a fantastic player, he’s great in the dressing room. I haven’t seen the incident again but he’s apologised to the lads. I can’t fault him. Since I’ve been here, he’s been top class,” said Harry Redknapp after the match.