Barton not satisfied with start

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Joey Barton is demanding more from his QPR teammates after a start to the season that he thinks could have been better.

After 14 games the Hoops are sitting in mid-table of the Premier League in twelfth, but Barton insists there is room for improvement.

"I wouldn't say it has been a fantastic start. We have had a reasonable start-personally, I always want it to be much better," said Barton.

"What's important is that we are mindful of the task ahead. I don't want anyone here resting on their laurels until we reach the 40-point mark."

The boyhood Everton fan is also looking forward to playing at Anfield this weekend.

He said: "I have been fortunate enough to play there quite a bit in my career and I always get a decent reception from the people of Liverpool, so it is a place I really look forward to going to."

"It is one of the great stadia within this country, and as a young lad it is one of the places you dream of playing at."

The England international will not be intimidated by the atmosphere though, and says that he does not have a problem with nerves.

"I am very fortunate that I don't suffer from them. If you train hard enough and work hard you've got no need to be nervous because you have given everything that you can give," he added.

"I actually get more nervous watching when I'm not in control."

Joey Barton
Premier League
Queens Park Rangers

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