QPR held 0-0 by Newcastle in Premier League

Joey Barton captained Queens Park Rangers on his debut Monday

but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against his former club Newcastle

despite a promising display by the Premier League newcomers.

Barton, who was released by Newcastle after making critical

comments about the club on Twitter, was among five new signings in

the QPR team and the hosts had the better chances throughout.

In the first half, Jay Bothroyd volleyed over from six yards and

had a header cleared off the line by Newcastle defender Danny

Simpson, while Steven Taylor managed to scramble Shaun

Wright-Phillips’ lob away from goal.

Shaun Derry headed wide from an Adel Taarabt corner in the

second half, but Newcastle held on to maintain its unbeaten start

to the season and move up to fourth after four games. QPR has four

points.