Barton: Charlie Austin is QPR's difference-maker

Joey Barton admits it will be difficult for Queens Park Rangers to perform without Charlie Austin, after the striker was red-carded this weekend.

Joey Barton says that Charlie Austin has been Queens Park Rangers' difference-maker so far this season. 

Austin has scored eight goals in his first 14 Premier League games, impressing with how quickly he has adapted to football at the top-level. 

The striker was on the score-sheet again this weekend too, as QPR beat Burnley 2-0, but his performance was rather tarnished after he picked up a red-card. 

It was a blow for the side and, although it had little impact on this weekend's result against the Clarets, Barton feels his suspension could hurt the side. 

"He's our top scorer, he's been the difference for us at various times this season," Barton said to the Daily Mail. "To be without him is going to be a massive loss."

QPR's victory lifted them out of the bottom-three and has encouraged supporters that they will be able to beat the drop this season. 

The R's had looked in serious trouble, but wins against Leicester City and Burnley in their last two home fixtures have accelerated them up the table and they will be looking extend their gap between themselves and the bottom three in the coming weeks.

Next up for QPR is a tricky test against Everton, where they will have to be at their top of their game to pick up a result.

Without Austin their task looks even tougher, but QPR will be looking to show that they can function, even without their 'difference-maker', by picking up a result at Goodison Park. 

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