Chris: I Can't Wait

Chris Powell is looking forward to going to Loftus Road at the weekend - and helping West Ham get three points from a few mates of his.

"I followed QPR quite a lot through some close friends of mine through the years and they have got to the Championship, which they always felt they should be in," he says.

"They are ranking higher than us at the moment, and why not, but it is up to us to attack them in the right way and I feel we have the players to do that."

Chris has friends at the club both on and off the field and he adds:

"I know big Danny Shittu, the centre half who used to be at Charlton; he has been out for just under a year and it is a crucial time for him to come back - he has been a key player and he is a bit of a cult hero at QPR.

"I have got some friends who are season ticket holders and I have been to numerous Rangers games over the years.

"I went to their play-off final defeat at Cardiff a year or so ago and I have always had a bit of a soft spot for them - but I won't have one for them on Saturday."

QPR are on a run of six wins in the league, punctuated only by a Carling Cup defeat to Aston Villa, and Chris says:

"It is a fantastic achievement so far for them - it has gone very well for them after having such a difficult start with the problems off the field with Ian Holloway and the board.

"The players and the manager have come through it well and it will be a major test for us.

"Being near the top is what all newly promoted teams want to do, whether in the Championship or the Premier League.

"One or two people were questioning what they were going to do this season and I think they have answered many critics - but it is about doing it over the course of a season.

"They are in a very good position at the moment but I am sure Ian Holloway would prefer to be there come April or May.

"So we will have to see how they do - and this Saturday is all about us."

Chris hopes Calum Davenport soon recovers from the injury he sustained in Azerbaijan while on England U21 duty this week, and he adds:

"I think Calum has shown everyone what an exciting young player he is and what he is going to be; he has been a key player since he came to West Ham and let's hope he recovers well and is available for the up and coming games.

"He has been outstanding for us so far and let's hope when he does next play he gets his first goal which he has been after.

"He came close against Wolves and when he next wears the claret and blue I hope he can open his account."