Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin says Joey Barton’s red card cost them against Hull City

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin revealed the red card picked up by club captain Joey Barton was a factor in their defeat to Hull City on the weekend, reports Sky Sports.

Hull City were 1-0 up when Joey Barton was sent off for a low blow on City midfielder Tom Huddlestone. Charlie Austin equalised for the Hoops, but the man advantage saw the Tigers win the game at the death through Dame N’Doye.

Joey Barton has a history for indiscipline, and this season has picked up eight yellow cards and now one red. He’s often pulled up for making fouls, and is involved in altercations with opponents, but he appeared to be remotely in check for Queens Park Rangers.

Austin, however, was very critical of Barton, and hinted towards losing patience with the midfielder continuing to let his side down by going over the line. He revealed the England international and Rangers captain had apologised to the fans and teammates, but it will be his second suspension in the league, and QPR need him more than ever in their current situation.

“It’s a silly sending off. It’s kind of cost us the game. He’s the villain and rightly so for getting sent off. He’s got to deal with it. He’s going to miss the next three games and he’s an important player for us, he’s our captain. He’s just held his hands up and said sorry…There’s only so many times you can say sorry. We move on now, we’ve got a squad and that’s the main thing,” said Austin.

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