QPR's Joey Barton says Youssouf Mulumbu red card was wrong

Joey Barton and Youssouf Mulumbu
Youssouf Mulumbu's previous red card was against West Ham in March 2013

Joey Barton says West Brom substitute Youssouf Mulumbu did not deserve to be sent off despite catching the QPR captain with an elbow.

Mulumbu, who had been on the pitch for 13 minutes, was shown a straight red card for the aerial challenge.

"I just went to win the ball and I got hit late. I didn't feel I got done," said Barton, who scored as relegation-threatened QPR won 4-1 at Albion.

"I don't think Youssouf is that kind of player, it wasn't that kind of game."

Barton scored his first Premier League goal since April 2012 during the victory which takes QPR to within a point and a place of climbing out of the Premier League drop zone.

QPR's Joey Barton
Joey Barton has started 20 league games this season, and collected nine yellow cards

But he warned that Rangers second away victory of the season needs to be built upon.

"You can't get too carried away," he said. "We are still in the bottom three and it is only three points, but it has to give us some impetus."

West Brom are eight points clear of the relegation places but four of their last five games are against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis claimed his players were "awful in the first half" and had been paying too much attention to social media sites.

"The problem is that players read social media, where people from outside are thinking we are safe, and so they might start believing that's the truth and think it is job done," said Pulis.

"But this is a relentless league and we need points, so until you get over the line you can't take anything for granted."

QPR manager Chris Ramsey, who had seen his team lose its previous five games, described it as a morale-boosting victory.

"We have created a lot of chances in a lot of the games we have played but haven't taken them. Today we did," he said.

"We are closer to the teams we want to catch and the scoreline certainly helps us morale-wise."

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