QPR derby hero: Beating Chelsea was so vital

Helguson says win over the Blues was the ideal lift ahead of Tottenham and Manchester Cit games

Heidar Helguson believes QPR’s win over neighbours Chelsea has set them up perfectly for the tough games to come against Tottenham and Manchester City.

Helguson’s ninth-minute penalty proved enough to beat Andre Villas-Boas’ nine-man side at Loftus Road on Sunday – and deliver QPR’s first win at home this season.

The fixtures don’t get any easier in the coming weeks, starting with the trip to White Hart Lane this weekend, but Helguson believes the Rs are up for the fight.

“More important than me scoring was us getting the win because we really needed a home win, it’s been a while,” said Helguson.

“It is good that it came against them because we are going into a tough run of games now, so to win the first one was great.

“I thought we were more comfortable when it was 11 against 11, it didn’t seem it make it any easier for us when they went down to nine men and I don’t know why that was, it’s just one of those things.

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“I thought they played really well in the second half, they made us chase the ball a bit. Sometimes when you are a man up – or two – it can actually work to give the other side a bit of a lift. That’s what happened with Chelsea.”