Last Updated: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:56
Queens Park Rangers skipper Joey Barton has slammed the club's fans who booed him in the clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.
Whilst the controversial former Newcastle midfielder conceded that his performance against Reds was one of the worst of his career he has slammed the fans who gave him the bird during the game until he was substituted and replaced by match winner Jamie Mackie.
Fans cheered when the the 29-year-old was substituted and he was booed off when he was replaced but he hit back via his Twitter page.
"I was awful tonight," Barton said via his Twitter account. "Worst I've ever played in my career.
"But we WON.......and that's the most important thing. Onwards and upwards.
"Disappointed with fans booing, were [sic] meant to be in it together.
"They won't break me, guaranteed. I've been through much worse.
"Enough of the negative **** anyway. What a ******* result, great spirit shown by the boys and loyal fans tonight. Not the bells that booed."
Barton later posted: "Form is temporary, class is permanent."
Boss Mark Hughes claimed not to have noticed the reception that his skipper got when asked about it after the game.
Meanwhile the unexpected victory has seen the R's climb out of the relegation places in the Premier League and given them renewed hope of escaping the dreaded drop.
Saturday sees them travel to Sunderland.
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