Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By BILL LON­DON

DJ CAMP­BELL has backed Joey Bar­ton to defy his crit­ics and be­come a suc­cess­ful QPR cap­tain.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock took the sur­prise de­ci­sion to hand Bar­ton (pic­tured) the cap­tain’s arm­band in Mon­day night’s 0-0 draw against his old club New­cas­tle.

But Camp­bell, who was one of 12 sign­ings to ar­rive at Lof­tus Road in the sum­mer, in­sists Bar­ton is a re­formed char­ac­ter and the right man to lead the club to an ex­cit­ing era un­der new owner Fer­nan­des.

“He’s a great lad and I’m de­lighted the gaffer named him cap­tain,” said Camp­bell.

“He’s a good per­son. A lot of peo­ple say bad things about him but, in the time I’ve known him and spo­ken to him, he’s been su­perb.

“The lads took to him straight away and I’m sure he took to the lads straight away.

“Joey is Joey. He has been there and done it be­fore.”


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