QPR midfielder Shaun Derry has urged fans to lay off skipper Joey Barton.

Barton has clashed with Rs fans on Twitter after being booed during victory over Liverpool.

As players you hear what goes off in the stands," Derry told talkSPORT. "It has been a very frustrating season for everyone connected with the club. But when that third goal went in you looked at the bench and Joey was on (substitute goalkeeper) Radek Cerny's shoulders. That tells a story for me.

"He is fully behind this side, the squad, and the club. His commitment is there. Granted, he didn't have his best game against Liverpool and he is probably having a bit of sticky time at the minute, but he will hold his hands up and say that because what he is is very honest.

"Like him or loathe him he is a very honest character."