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Derry: QPR have missed Barton

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry believes the club could have done with the services of Joey Barton this season.

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Barton was shipped out on a season-long loan to Marseille in August after falling out with the hierarchy at Loftus Road.

The former Newcastle man was forced to sit out the first 12 games of the current campaign as a result of his red card against Manchester City for violent conduct on the final day of last season.

Despite having to bide his time on the sidelines upon arrival in France, the midfielder has generally gone on to impress in Ligue 1.

Meanwhile in England, QPR are facing the prospect of relegation to the Championship as they sit bottom of the Premier League table and are seven points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

Veteran members in the squad, such as Derry and captain Clint Hill, have spoken out in the past about the lack of commitment from team-mates at times this season, and Derry admits Barton's never-say-die attitude would have boosted the Hoops' survival hopes.

"There have been times this season where the guys haven't given 100%," he told the Sun. "So he'd have improved the squad."

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