Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mackie dismayed by QPR fans jeering Joey

QPR goal hero Jamie Mackie admits he was disappointed to hear Rangers fans boo Joey Barton on Wednesday night.

Mackie scored deep into injury time to complete a remarkable comeback from Mark Hughes' side, who recovered from 2-0 down to secure a highly fortuitous, yet valuable, 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

The win -- just their second in 17 Premier League matches -- moved the Londoners out of the relegation zone and they are now two points clear of danger ahead of tomorrow's game against Sunderland.

The gloss was taken off the victory somewhat by a large section of the home crowd opting to boo captain Barton when he was replaced by Mackie with the Reds 1-0 up and in firm control of the game.

Barton, who has been dogged by controversy throughout his career, admitted last night that he was disappointed at the crowd's fury towards him and Mackie echoed those sentiments. "You don't like to see that, especially towards your captain," Mackie said.

Barton conceded last night that he had put in the worst performance of his career and many of the 18,000 at Loftus Road clearly agreed with him.

The midfielder, who signed from Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, gave the ball away on a number of occasions in the first half, his tackling was clumsy, and one of his shots at goal almost ended up in the second tier of the School End.

Mackie insists the 29-year-old will not be affected by the booing, however, and is confident that his skipper will bounce back from the poor display.

"Joey is an immensely strong character so I don't think we need to worry about him," Mackie said.

"He was probably the happiest lad in the changing room after the match.

"He is the team captain and he wants us to win games. We are lucky to have him. He is our captain and he has probably got the biggest part to play in the run-in."

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