JOEY Barton will be desperate to pile on the agony for relegation-threatened Newcastle United at Loftus Road.
That’s the verdict of head coach John Carver, who worked with Barton during his time at St James’s Park.
The midfielder was given a free transfer in the summer of 2011 after taking to Twitter in the wake of a row over the captaincy.
And the 32-year-old has continued to hit the headlines at this afternoon’s opponents Queens Park Rangers, who were relegated last weekend.
Carver, however, is expecting a positive reaction from “proud” Barton to last Sunday’s 6-0 loss to Manchester City.
“I don’t really know what the politics were when he left,” said Carver. “He loved his time here – and the fans liked him – but he won’t want to do anyone any favours.
He loved his time here – and the fans liked him – but he wont want to do anyone any favours.John Carver
“He’s quite a proud guy, as you saw he faced up to the fans last weekend when they lost 6-0.
“He won’t want to go out on a bad point, a low point, of his career with a defeat.
“He wont do us any favours – no danger of that.”