QPR star Joey Barton explains crucial half-time dressing room discussion against Villa

Queens Park Rangers' players shared a positive message at half-time during their match against Aston Villa last night.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has revealed details of the half-time dressing room discussion which helped turn around their match against Aston Villa in the London Evening Standard

QPR went in at half-time against Villa trailing 2-1, but they improved in the second period and ultimately would have considered themselves unlucky not to have taken all three points.

The R's turned the game on its head thanks to two second-half strikes, but they conceded late on to Christian Benteke, meaning that the points were split in what was a pulsating encounter.

It was a match that had everything and QPR will be buoyed by their second-half display, which came as a result of a confidence boosting team discussion which they had during the break. 

"We spoke at half-time and didn’t think they could play any better and felt we were capable of playing much better," Barton said.

"We knew it would be difficult for them to maintain it, not just the energy but the quality. That was the case.”

QPR have shown the attacking threat that they can pose by scoring seven goals in their last two fixtures and they will be looking to build on this over the remainder of the season.

At the moment the R's are in the relegation zone, but a few wins in their final six games could see them close the gap, as there are a number of teams only marginally above them. 

QPR's next game comes against Chelsea at home and they will be desperate to cause an upset to build on the momentum that they have gained from their past two results. 

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