No pressure for Damien
PUBLISHED: 12:22 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010
By Dave McIntyre DAMIEN Delaney insists he is unperturbed by QPR s recent move to bring in left-back Gary Borrowdale. The writing appeared to be on the wall for Delaney after a dip in form resulted in him being left out in favour of an out-of-position Mat
By Dave McIntyre
DAMIEN Delaney insists he is unperturbed by QPR's recent move to bring in left-back Gary Borrowdale.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Delaney after a dip in form resulted in him being left out in favour of an out-of-position Matt Connolly.
But Delaney has returned to the side and kept his place since Borrowdale was signed on loan from Coventry with a view to a permanent move in January.
"It doesn't really bother me, to be honest," Delaney said.
"If you look at it, left-back is probably the only position we didn't have cover for. For every other position on the pitch we had two or three players.
"I knew we were going to get a left-back in. With my disciplinary record, I do pick up suspensions and with my loss of form, Matt Connolly played at left-back.
"It's just a case of me knuckling down now and keeping my place in the team."
Delaney admitted: "It's fair to say I've not been at my best this season. It was a long season and then I played for Ireland in the summer and also returned to pre-season training early, so maybe there was a bit of fatigue there.
"Hopefully now with the new manager coming in, me and the team can both kick on from here."
And Delaney believes the appointment of new coach Paulo Sousa has helped improve his performances.
He said: "His [Sousa's] approach has been to say 'as my left-back, this is what I want from you.'
"It's a bit more defensive but what he has done for me is defined my role. With Iain Dowie it was more of a free role but the new man has given everyone their role for the team and you can see us carrying it out to a tee.