QPR striker Jamie Mackie has defended skipper Joey Barton.

Barton was booed off the pitch by Rs fans before they stormed back to beat Liverpool this week.

"You don't like to see that, especially towards your captain," Mackie said.

"He was probably the happiest lad in the changing room after the match.

"He is the team captain and he wants us to win games whether he is banging the goals in or not and we are lucky to have him.

"He is our captain and he has probably got the biggest part to play in the run-in."