Warnock: Captain Joey a leader

Barton was one of six signings to make his R’s bow in the draw at
Loftus Road. The 29-year-old was always expected to make his debut
after his high-profile move from Newcastle, but his appointment as
captain for the season came as a surprise. Warnock, whose team were
unlucky not to take all three points, insists he has made the right
decision in giving Barton the armband previously worn by Adel
Taarabt. He said: “It was just a logical thing really. I had a chat
with Adel last week. Adel was straight away right about it. He
appreciates how far we have come now and that we need to drive on
now. “We need somebody as our leader. He (Barton) epitomised what
we are about. I thought he handled himself well. “He just grabbed
hold of us. We will have our moments where things won’t go so well,
but you have to have that in any healthy relationship.” Shaun
Wright-Phillips was the most impressive of the six players to make
their debut after the spending spree of new owner Tony Fernandes
kicked in towards the end of the transfer window. The former
Manchester City winger had a delightful chip cleared off the line
and looked lively throughout, although he should have buried a
second-half chance when clear in the box. Barton was industrious in
the centre of the park, picking out his new team-mates easily while
switching positions several times. Barton claims to be a reformed
character from the man who was jailed for assault three years ago.
The midfielder signed autographs for the travelling fans after the
game and Warnock added: “I haven’t seen many faults with him in the
last couple of years. “It’s better for him here in London on the
family side of things and on the field you will see a different
type of person as well because he knows it’s an exciting time with
Tony coming in.” Speaking about the stalemate, Warnock added: “I
couldn’t have asked for any more really. We only really had four
training sessions together with all the new signings. “You don’t
always dominate for 90 minutes but we weren’t far off tonight.”
Newcastle never looked like scoring, with Leon Best having their
best chance of the game with a weak shot which was easily saved by
Paddy Kenny. However, the club are now fourth in the league with
eight points from their opening four matches. Newcastle boss Alan
Pardew was disappointed that his team did not create more chances,
but was happy to take a point. “I am not disappointed we did not
get any more from this game because we did not deserve any more,”
Pardew said. “We went with two strikers but with all the exuberance
here with all the players they have brought in, maybe I should have
helped my central midfielder out. “Offensively we never created
enough to win the game, but on the plus side, defensively we showed
what we have been doing all season. “We don’t give much away and
there is a spirit in the group that makes it hard for teams to beat
us. “Our flair players were just a little bit off-key. Sometimes
when you don’t play well, you get beat. We didn’t get beaten.”