QPR unlikely to fight Barton red

The Rangers skipper had fired his team into an 11th-minute lead at

Loftus Road on Monday, only to then lose his cool following a

tussle with Bradley Johnson, when he appeared to headbutt the

Norwich midfielder. After consultation with the assistant, Barton

was shown a red card by referee Neil Swarbrick. The QPR captain

used Twitter to hit out at the “ridiculous decision”, claiming the

officials had been “conned” by Johnson, as Norwich went on to take

all three points after goals from Anthony Pilkington and substitute

Steve Morison. Warnock admitted he was in two minds about whether

to take the case up with the Football Association’s disciplinary

panel, with Barton set for an automatic three-match ban. “I have

not got any confidence in the appeals procedure,” the QPR boss

said. “When [Wolves manager] Mick McCarthy appeals and does not get

that lad [Nenad Milijas] off, you have got to worry about anything

appealing. “We will have to look and see what the referee says [in

his report] and if there are any other angles, but from every one I

have seen, I don’t see a headbutt. “But I am not optimistic. We

will have to decide later.” Warnock added: “Joey could have avoided

the situation, but it doesn’t warrant the reaction from Johnson.

“He has not been headbutted at all, not in a million years. The

movement of him going backwards has conned the referee. “To go back

like he did was a disgrace. It’s getting a fellow pro sent off. I

think he should be done (punished).” Barton was hopeful an appeal

would be lodged. He said on Twitter: “Hopefully referee sees it

retrospectively and sees he’s been conned. Its no consolation for

us right now but at least its something. “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. “I’d be 1st to

apologise if I’d reacted. Cannot apologise as I know I’ve not head

butted anyone.” The defeat was an eighth in the last 11 for

Rangers, who are hovering just outside the relegation zone. Warnock

named on-loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda among the

substitutes and is expected to do more business in the January

transfer window. The QPR manager said: “We will regroup, hopefully

get a couple of players and then look forward to the second half of

the season.” In the end, Norwich were good value for their victory,

which was hard-earned after keeper John Ruddy pushed Adel Taarabt’s

free-kick onto the post before Morison’s 83rd-minute strike sealed

victory. The Canaries were promoted behind QPR from the

Championship last season, and have exceeded all expectations to sit

comfortably in mid-table. Norwich manager Paul Lambert knows there

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

will take one game at a time now, and if this club survives in its

first year, it will be monumental for us,” he said.