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Barton and QPR new boys shine but fail to beat Newcastle

QPR 0 Newcastle United 0: A new-look QPR side captained by debutant Joey Barton failed to convert a host of chances as they were made to settle for a goalless draw against Newcastle United at Loftus Road last night.



QPR dominated the first half and would have been 2-0 up had it not been for goal-line clearances from Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson, who denied Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jay Bothroyd respectively.

Wright-Phillips was the most impressive of the hosts' six new players but he failed to connect with a gilt-edged chance in the second half when free in the box and Neil Warnock's men were only able to take a point despite their dominance.

It was not the explosive encounter that the home fans would have wanted, but there were encouraging signs that the London side will be able to secure safety thanks to their raft of signings that followed Tony Fernandes' takeover.

The home fans were particularly impressed with Wright-Phillips, who proved to be a constant thorn in the visitors' side, while Armand Traore settled in comfortably before coming off with an injury in the first half.

Newcastle barely showed any attacking intent and still sorely lacked a goalscoring threat following the departure of Andy Carroll, but their unbeaten run remains in tact four matches in to the season.

QPR new boy Barton took a lot of positives out of his team's performance saying: “A clean sheet in football is different class, especially considering we had six new players on the pitch.

“We should probably have won the game, but if we keep playing like that we'll win games.

“We've only been together a few days but good players don't take that long to bond and we'll only get better.”

Wright-Phillips added: “I think at times we were just inches and yards away from scoring, but we have to look at the positives.

“It's the first game we've played together and we did really well, and defended superbly.

“As long as we keep playing like that, the better we get to know each other, I think we'll get goals in the games to come.”

Boss Warnock was also pleased with the display saying: “I'm delighted not only with the point, but with the way we played,” he said.

“It's difficult when you get five or six players in 10 days and we've had four days' training, so to see them perform like that was fantastic.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was also content with a point admitting: “The result was good because it's a difficult place to come.”

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