Barton hails Everton and apologises to QPR fans after FA Cup thrashing

Joey Barton apologised to QPR fans on Twitter and praised Everton after the FA Cup third-round defeat.

Barton, a boyhood Everton fan, captained the Rangers team at Goodison Park, where they were beaten 4-0 in a one-sided tie.

He later tweeted: “Beaten by a superior team today. Lots of lessons to be learned by all. As a fan, great to see an Everton side play such good football.

“Today showed what we’ve known all season. We need to be better all over. Sorry to all QPR fans who travelled up. That wasn’t good enough.

“No disrespect to any Championship teams mate but we won’t play many teams as good as that every week. #thankgod.”

QPR chief executive Philip Beard tweeted: “Disappointing to lose today but now we can put 100% of our focus on Priority Number 1.”

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