Hughes puts team ahead of Barton
Queens Park Rangers,
QPR boss Mark Hughes says Joey Barton's red card at Manchester City shouldn't detract from his side's incredible survival effort.
Rangers were heading towards a 2-1 victory as the game at Etihad Stadium entered stoppage time before City turned the contest on its head with two late goals to seal the title. However, Hughes' men did preserve their Premier League status despite the outcome as relegation rivals Bolton could only draw 2-2 at Stoke, which wasn't enough to save them from the drop. The Welshman was justifiably proud of his team's performance though as they made City work for their success, even though they had to play most of the second-half after Barton's crazy dismissal. The midfielder could now face a possible nine-match ban for behaviour after first elbowing Carlos Tevez in the throat to get his marching orders, and then while arguing about the decision, he blatantly kneed eventual match-winner Serio Augero from behind. Speaking in the immediate aftermath of the match, Hughes said: "I understand there will be a lot of comment about Joey's behaviour, but I would rather concentrate on what we did. "I haven't seen Joey and I haven't seen the incident but people were saying he had to go. It didn't cost us though. "If we had pulled it off and won the game, it would have been the greatest Premier League performance in history given the significance of the game and the attention focused on it."