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.”