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Joey Barton running scared as rogue squirrel causes mayhem at Loftus Road

Richard Dunne was slow to shoo the rodent invader from the pitch so the 21st century’s Steve Bull stepped up.

QPR WERE BEATEN 1-0 by Leicester City 1-0 at Loftus Road and the highlight of the match, apart from a well-taken Jamie Vardy goal, was a squirrel pitch invasion.

Play was held up for almost two minutes during the first-half as the grey squirrel took to the pitch in search of some festive chestnuts. QPR’s hard-man midfielder Joey Barton and Irish centre-back Richard Dunne baulked at the prospect of running it off.

City’s David Nugent stepped up to hound the rodent away and into the main stands.

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Barton ended the game in the stands, too, as he was sent off for two bookable offences. City are now level on points with QPR but slightly behind on goal difference in the Championship.

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