QPR legend Marsh slams Barton after sending off against Hull

QPR legend Rodney Marsh tweeted that Joey Barton has “the brains of a rocking horse” after the Rangers midfielder was sent off during the 2-1 defeat at Hull.

During a heated exchange after QPR debutant Darnell Furlong went in for a tackle, Barton shoved Hull’s Alex Bruce and was then sent off for lashing out at Tom Huddlestone.

The player later took to Twitter to apologise to the travelling fans and his team-mates.

Barton wrote: “Young kid making his debut has made a good tackle. Couple of Hull players trying to get him sent off. My job as captain is to protect him.

“I’ve tried to prevent Hull’s players influencing referee as u can see by me pushing Bruce away.

“My actions towards Huddlestone were certainly not malicious, it was a stupid reaction to being barged but I can appreciate it wasn’t right.

“I’m gutted I got sent off. I’ve let my teammates down today and being someone who puts the team above everything else I’m gutted about that.

“I’ve apologised to the lads and would like to apologise to all QPR fans who travelled today.”

Chairman Tony Fernandes praised Rangers for a battling performance at the KC Stadium, where youngster Michael Doughty came on as a second-half substitute.

Fernandes tweeted: “It’s a cruel game but fair play to our 10 men. Ane great to see two academy players looking like they’ve are played in premier for a while.”

Charlie Austin, who scored the visitors’ goal, tweeted: “Unlucky today deserved something from the game, but we go again in 10 days time.”

And QPR defender Rio Ferdinand wrote: “Disappointing to concede so late on, thought we deserved a point.. Thanks to the traveling support, safe journey back!.”

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