Victory at Vicarage is on Cook's menu
PUBLISHED: 12:31 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky LEE Cook believes three points against his old club Watford are essential this Saturday if QPR are to keep pace with the Championship play-off pack. Rangers dropped to 10th in the table after their home defeat by Burnley on Saturday and now b
By Ben Kosky
LEE Cook believes three points against his old club Watford are essential this Saturday if QPR are to keep pace with the Championship play-off pack.
Rangers dropped to 10th in the table after their home defeat by Burnley on Saturday and now begin a sequence of consecutive derby clashes against Watford, Charlton and Crystal Palace.
"A derby's good for the fans, but from a football point of view I don't think it makes any difference," Cook told the Times.
"We've got a job to do and that's beating the team in front of us.
"Our home form's been good, so we look at the Burnley game as three points dropped and we need to beat Watford to keep up with the pack and stay on their toes.
"Hopefully we can keep in that area at least until January, then we might strengthen and get into that top six spot before the end of the season."
It's now more than four years since Cook angered the Watford faithful by turning down a new contract to sign for Rangers, the club he had supported as a youngster.
Since then, he has yet to taste anything but defeat at Vicarage Road - having been a Fulham player when the Rs marched to a 4-2 victory in Hertfordshire last season.
"I suppose there'll be a few not too pleased to see me, but I've dealt with that before," Cook acknowledged. "I'm used to the stick they give me and I quite enjoy it now, so no problem.
"We'll go to Watford, be solid as we usually are and hopefully get a result. We're struggling a bit for goals - there are certain patches you go through.
"But finally it's going to drop for us and when it does I think you'll see a good run of results."
Rangers' prospects of boosting their meagre goal tally were hardly helped by the news that influential midfield playmaker Akos Buzsaky will miss the rest of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament at Old Trafford last week.
The Hungarian international had been due to turn out for his country in a friendly against Northern Ireland last night and Cook added: "It was a big shock when we found out.
"I've had that injury myself and when I did it the knee came up like a balloon. After the game Akos didn't have those symptoms so no-one was really expecting a serious injury like that.
"It was devastating not just for him, but for us as a team and we all wish him a speedy recovery. It's a horrible injury and he's going to have a tough time, but I'm sure he'll get through it.
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