Joey Barton wishes Ryan Taylor well on Twitter after Newcastle game

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The Queens Park Rangers midfielder was responding to the Newcastle United midfielder's injury during their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has wished Newcastle counterpart Ryan Taylor all the best on Twitter after the 30-year-old came off injured during their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor was making his first Premier League start since March 2012 for Newcastle but could not last until half-time, suffering another knee injury which fans will hope is not a long-term one.

Boss Alan Pardew confirmed after the game that Taylor will be sent off for an immediate scan.

And Barton took to Twitter to wish his former team-mate all the best, admitting that, if anyone deserves some luck, it is Taylor.

The game itself was won 1-0 by the Magpies after a fine team goal was converted by Moussa Sissoko in the second half. The victory is Newcastle's fifth league win in a row and Pardew's side are, incredibly, now fourth in the table.

Barton, however, feels it was an even game after QPR gave a very good account of themselves. He also thanked fans for their reception - the 32-year-old spent four years at St James' Park before moving to the R's.

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