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Thursday 16 August 2018

Barton steals show for QPR

JOEY BARTON demonstrated his unerring ability to generate headlines as QPR moved into the top half of the table with a 3-0 win at Wolves.

Barton opened the scoring at Molineux in the eighth minute, with Alejandro Faurlin and substitute DJ Campbell also on target in a deserved win for the Premier League newcomers.

But the former Newcastle midfielder Barton was also involved in controversy in the closing stages after being on the receiving end of a hefty tackle from Karl Henry.

Henry was not booked, but QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was shown a yellow card for protesting. Barton became embroiled in a further skirmish before the final whistle and taunted the home crowd over the scoreline.

All three promoted teams enjoyed victories on Saturday, with Norwich winning 2-1 at Bolton and Swansea thumping West Brom 3-0.

The Swans had not recorded a single goal in their previous four games, but Scott Sinclair scored a 14th-minute penalty, and Leroy Lita added a second and Nathan Dyer rounded off the win shortly after the break.

Norwich’s 2-1 win at the Reebok Stadium was their first away from home in the top flight since 1994, but manager Paul Lambert was not concerned about making history.

Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson struck in the first half for the visitors before Bolton had Ivan Klasnic sent off for an apparent head-butt described as “an act of folly” by his manager Owen Coyle.

The home side pulled a goal back with a Martin Petrov scored a 64th-minute penalty for Bolton, but Norwich held on for the win.

Everton came from a goal down to beat Wigan 3-1 at Goodison Park, with new signings Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe scoring their first goals in English football after Phil Jagielka cancelled out Franco Di Santo’s deflected opener.

Wigan’s misery was compounded when Hugo Rodallega suffered a suspected knee ligament rupture, and the striker faces a long spell on the sidelines out.

Aston Villa and Newcastle drew 1-1 at Villa Park, Leon Best equalising for the visitors after Gabriel Agbonlahor’s opener.

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