Barton: Red card was ridiculous

After firing the hosts in front on 11 minutes at Loftus Road on

Monday, Barton then lost his cool following a tussle with Johnson,

when he appeared to headbutt the Norwich midfielder. After

consultation with the assistant, he was shown a red card by referee

Neil Swarbrick. However, the QPR captain defended himself on

Twitter, saying: “Well feel for the officials, they’ve been conned.

Admitted to me at HT they never saw it. I was pulled back 1st, then

kicked 2nd. “Linesman definitely never saw it, all he seen was

Johnsons reaction. My head dosent move forward at all. Ridiculous

decision seen 25 replays.” Anthony Pilkington drew Norwich level

just before half-time with a fine 20-yard effort, before substitute

Steve Morison completed the turnaround with eight minutes left.

Barton continued his defence on the social networking site, adding:

“I’d be 1st to apologise if I’d reacted. Cannot apologise as I know

I’ve not head butted anyone. Disappointed for the lads and the

fans. “Make ur own minds up when u see it. The games gone!” Barton

called for the incident to be reviewed. He added: “Hopefully

referee sees it retrospectively and sees he’s been conned. Its no

consolation for us right now but at least its something.” Paul

Lambert maintained he did not see the incident, preferring to

instead focus on his own team’s efforts. The Norwich manager said:

“I thought the lads deserved to win the game. “We started really

well and got a foothold, then QPR scored against the run of play,

but we kept on going. “It is relentless, but we have coped

brilliantly to this time.” The Canaries were promoted behind QPR

from the Championship last season, and have exceeded all

expectations to sit comfortably in mid-table. Lambert knows there

are plenty more challenges ahead over the next five months. “The

lads have been great, they seem a really close group and we are all

in together,” the Norwich manager said. “We will take one game at a

time now, and if this club survives in its first year, it will be

monumental for us.”