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Thursday 17 January Updated Thursday 19 February

Diarra banking on home form

Alou Diarra is hoping home comforts will see West Ham United return to winning ways in their Barclays Premier League showdown against Queens Park Rangers.

With points and goals on the road proving particularly hard to come by, the France international believes there is now an even greater emphasis on continuing to impress at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers have already racked up five home wins, and while Harry Redknapp's reinvigorated Rangers stand in their way this weekend, Diarra is reluctant to contemplate anything other than three points.

"We've been collecting points at Upton Park, right from the word go, and we've got to carry on doing so," he said. "The match against QPR this weekend is going to be very important for us, particularly after last weekend's defeat at Sunderland. We've got to try and get all three points.

"QPR are faring better since the appointment of Harry Redknapp. They're on a good run but we can't afford to give them any points. Our aim is to win.

"We're not worried because we simply weren't on our game at Sunderland. We know what's required to win football matches. We've shown that plenty of times in the first half of the season.

"As long we're concentrated and competitive we can pose QPR problems. We've already beaten them away from home. Granted, this time will be different because they'll be full of confidence, but we can beat them at home."

Lining up against West Ham will likely be new Hoops signing Loic Remy, following his £8 million move from Marseille. Diarra played alongside 26-year-old Remy as he netted 20 goals last season and knows only too well how big a threat he could pose on Saturday.

"I don't know if [Loic] can save QPR because he's not responsible for the current situation. He's coming to England with plenty to prove and possesses the attribute of speed," warned Diarra.

"I think he can be a great help to them with his pace and he's a striker who can score plenty of goals. Last year he had a great season with Marseille and particularly in the Champions League. I played with him as well and that's how I know his qualities. Provided he's confident he'll be very dangerous."

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