Hogan's seen it all before
PUBLISHED: 12:49 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
By Ben Kosky HOGAN Ephraim has backed his old boss to succeed with Charlton ahead of their crunch derby date at Loftus Road this weekend. Ephraim can help kill off Alan Pardew s play-off dreams on Saturday, but personal experience tells the QPR forward th
By Ben Kosky
HOGAN Ephraim has backed his old boss to succeed with Charlton ahead of their crunch derby date at Loftus Road this weekend.
Ephraim can help kill off Alan Pardew's play-off dreams on Saturday, but personal experience tells the QPR forward that the Addicks have the right man at the helm.
Pardew handed the youngster his first-team bow during his time in charge at West Ham and Ephraim told the Times: "I think they've got a great chance of succeeding with him as the manager.
"I've seen Alan Pardew in this situation in my first year coming through at West Ham. There was a lot of talk that if the club didn't go up, he'd be gone, but I'm not sure there's a better manager in those circumstances.
"It was a similar situation to the one Charlton are in now and he knows how to get the best out of the players and keep the team spirit high. Sometimes he can be jokey and have fun, but he can also be serious and be hard on you if he needs to be. I personally think Charlton can still get in the play-offs and, if they do, the momentum will take them up."
Nevertheless, Ephraim is determined to deal Pardew's promotion ambitions a serious blow as Rangers bid to recover from the disappointment of letting in an injury-time equaliser at Hull.
Saturday's game was the Rs' fourth consecutive draw and Ephraim admitted: "If you'd told us we'd get a draw at Hull, some would have seen it as a good result.
"But personally I see it as four games without a win rather than four unbeaten. With the players we've got in the dressing-room now, we should be winning games - there are no excuses.
"To lose a goal in the last minute was utterly devastating. It's a shame we didn't have a midweek game to put it right, but we have to pick ourselves up for Charlton."
The Addicks, who lie ninth in the table, have suffered from patchy home form this season - they were the victims when QPR recorded their first away win in October, just before Luigi de Canio's arrival.
Ephraim, who played in that 1-0 win towards the end of his loan spell from West Ham, recalled: "The atmosphere at The Valley was fantastic - to get our first away win was a great feeling and I know it meant a lot to our fans.
"I'm sure we'll get another good crowd on Saturday and we've got to put on a good show for them. Hopefully we can play as we did at Hull, but create more chances and take the three points."
Former Rangers winger Lee Cook - who remains on loan at Charlton after the Rs' bid to re-sign him on transfer deadline day fell through - is likely to feature against his old club.
QPR are confident that forward duo Patrick Agyemang (hamstring) and Dexter Blackstock (ankle) will shake off their injuries in time for Saturday, while playmaker Akos Buzsaky could make the bench.