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Barton: Now For The Title

6 May 2016

Joey Barton has set his sights on winning the Sky Bet Championship after securing promotion against his former employers QPR.

Sam Vokes’ header just after the hour mark was enough to register a 1-0 victory and send the Clarets back to the Barclays Premier League.

And Barton, who has tasted the title before with Newcastle United, is keen to finish the job properly against Charlton Athletic.

He said: “We’ve got to enjoy the achievement to get the club to bounce back at the first attempt which statistics are against.

“My belief is always aim small, miss small and I want to win the league. I hope that’s affected the other lads over the season because it’s all I’ve been talking about!

“I think with the run we’ve been on we have earned the right to be champions.

“I was speaking to the lads before the game and I said ‘Can you remember who finished second in the Olympic final last year?’ and they couldn’t but everyone remembers Bolt.

“We need to go and win the league. That’s what it’s about and there is nothing else that interests me.

“I was fortunate to be part of a squad that won it at Newcastle and a promotion at QPR. Hopefully we can go and get the job done on Saturday.”

Sean Dyche’s history makers moved to 22 games without defeat with victory over the Hoops and they are now just one game away from setting a post-war record for an unbeaten run.

Barton is hoping his teammates can etch themselves into folklore by beating Charlton at The Valley.

“We’ve got to go again and I’m not sure we were at our best today but we got the job done. There is still something to play for and that’s Charlton on Saturday.

“30 or 40 years down the line, your kids and theirs will be able to say ‘my dad was a part of that side’ and it doesn’t say who the runners-up were on the trophy.

 “It’s important to be a part of history.”

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