Step on the Gaz
PUBLISHED: 12:51 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
IT S a long time since a QPR side have come back to draw a game that looked lost – and it felt fantastic to be part of that. I haven t started a game since the FA Cup tie against Chelsea, so just getting out there and showing everybody there s some footba
IT'S a long time since a QPR side have come back to draw a game that looked lost - and it felt fantastic to be part of that.
I haven't started a game since the FA Cup tie against Chelsea, so just getting out there and showing everybody there's some football left in Gareth Ainsworth was great in itself.
You can train as hard as you like, but it won't give you the sharpness of a match situation and for those first 10 minutes I felt really rusty.
But I finally got into my stride and I'd like to have carried on for another 10 minutes. I'm sure we'd have won the game if there had been more time, but at least we went into the dressing room with the kind of feeling Crystal Palace, Wolves and several other teams have had after scoring against us in the last minute.
The goal took me to 98 in my career and a bit closer to the magic 100, which has been a big ambition of mine for some time. I've got every one of them on video, would you believe, so when I reach 100 the Ainsworth family will have to get together and watch them all in one go!
We didn't play too well for most of the Preston game and I think what happened to Rowan in the week was part of the reason for that.
The gaffer told the lads to play well and win the game for Rowan, but in some ways I think everyone was a bit subdued because they had his injury on their minds.
Rowan's a ball carrier - he takes the pressure off, adds a bit of flair and we know how much we'll miss him.
His break is worse than mine was around this time last year, but he's actually able to put weight on it after a few days, which is great. I hope he realises that there's light at the end of the tunnel and he's going to be a huge part of QPR next season.
Hull have had a fantastic season after struggling with us last year, so we have to look at them and believe that could be us next time.
I think Hull have quietly become a big club - they've got some good players in and the whole city is buzzing, so Saturday will be a good test.
It's out of the frying pan and into the fire - they must be the second form team after Preston - and not many people will expect us to get anything there.
But we're in good form as well, with one defeat in 10, and we want to finish as high up the table as possible.