John Carver warns Newcastle United about Joey Barton threat

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Newcastle United will take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the Premier League today.

Newcastle United head coach John Carver has told The Sun that Joey Barton will have a point to prove today.

Barton is likely to be included in the Queens Park Rangers starting line-up for the Premier League clash at Loftus Road in London.

The 32-year-old midfielder joined Newcastle from Manchester City in the summer of 2007 and played for the Magpies until 2011. The Englishman was then released, and he moved to QPR on a free transfer.

With Rangers having already been relegated to the Championship, many would expect the players to ease off, but Carver has warned his team against taking the threat posed by Barton lightly.

“Joey loved his time here and the fans liked him, but he won’t want to do anyone any favours,” the 50-year-old told The Sun. “He is quite a proud guy.

“As you saw, he faced up to the fans last weekend when they lost 6-0. He will want to prove a point and won’t want to go out on a bad point, a low point, of his career with a defeat.”

Barton is one of the main figures at Rangers, and he has already made it clear on social networking site Twitter that he wants his teammates to give their all in the final two games of the season.

However, with the way QPR have played over the past few weeks, Newcastle should be confident of picking up all three points at Loftus Road.

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