Barton - No room for sentiment

Barton focuses on helping QPR beat Newcastle in Monday's clash

Last Updated: 07/09/11 11:35am

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Joey Barton is concentrating on helping Queens Park Rangers earn three points when he takes on former club Newcastle on Monday night.

The combative midfielder left the Magpies for Loftus Road last month and - in a quirk of fate - is in line to make his Rangers debut against his former club.

While admitting he will always have a soft spot for Newcastle's fans, he insists 'what's gone is gone' as he concentrates on helping his new employers claim a vital victory.

He told QPR's official website: "The fans were brilliant at Newcastle.

"In my last couple of seasons there, they've supported the football club through thick and thin. I'll always have a relationship with them.

"We had a journey with them - not just me but a number of players in the squad, when the club dropped out of the Premier League.

"That could have been a difficult and turbulent time in the club's history but we regrouped as a playing staff and decided that we'd dig deep and not only get the club back to the Premier League, but to stabilise it quite comfortably last season.

"What's gone is gone. I'm never going to say a bad word about the football club or the fans. I wish them every success."

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