Barton affected by criticism

R's midfielder down after coming under fire from fans

Joey Barton: Has conceded criticism from the club's fans has affected him

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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has admitted criticism from fans has affected his morale in a negative fashion.

Barton conceded his recent performance against Liverpool was one of the worst of his career and a section of fans echoed his sentiments.

The former Newcastle man normally thrives on negative publicity, however, he was unable to brush off criticism from Rs fans.

Barton believes it is important for the supporters to be on side regardless of the good and bad times, stating he cares deeply about the club.

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"To be perfectly honest there was a stage earlier this week where I didn't want to write these programme notes," he wrote in the club's match-day programme against Arsenal.

"I don't feel at one with all of the fans at the moment. I know it's only a small minority, but it does get you down as a player - because you want the supporters to be with you, through the good times and the bad times.

"It's vitally important that the people you work with - as well as the people you work for - appreciate you and believe in you.

"If the people you work for show you instantly that they don't like you or are quick to criticise you, it can be a very stifling environment, and I think that's happening to one or two of us this season.

"I see myself as a strong character. I've had to put up with lots of stuff in my life. But not having your own fans supporting you does affect you. I'm a professional and I care deeply about this football club. When the fans are giving you stick about a poor cross or a misplaced pass, it does seep in."