Step on the Gaz
PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 16:08 23 July 2010
A COUPLE of weeks ago, I put my head on the chopping block by saying Christmas usually sorts out your season - and three wins from four games is the kind of form we want to continue. At the moment the spirit we ve got is unbelievable, the best that I ve k
A COUPLE of weeks ago, I put my head on the chopping block by saying Christmas usually sorts out your season - and three wins from four games is the kind of form we want to continue.
At the moment the spirit we've got is unbelievable, the best that I've known in a long time. We feel like we can go out and beat anyone.
There's been a bit of squad rotation going on and quite a few of the boys are playing in positions they've not been used to, but there's real faith throughout the team.
The forward lads have faith in the midfield and they trust the back four in turn. It sounds obvious, but that isn't always the case.
Right now there's a great buzz around Loftus Road and the fans have been a big part of that. When we won at Watford, I could hear a lot of QPR fans shouting for us in the home areas, á la Sheffield Wednesday four years ago.
They turned up in droves again on New Year's Day to support us against Leicester and it's great that we were able to give them something to cheer.
It wasn't nice to see us with a goal difference of minus 13 or 14, so the two wins have also helped in that respect.
I must give Lee Camp a mention for his saves in the two wins, especially the one late on against Leicester - it was Schmeichel-esque! His attitude is spot on and I've no doubt he can go on to achieve a lot in this game.
It was great to see Dexter score. He was struggling with injury earlier in the season, eventually had to have an operation and it always takes five or six games to get back where you want to be - but I think he's there now.
These last two results are perfect timing for our next game - Chelsea in the FA Cup. Along with Rowly, I've been at this club nearly five years and we know how deep the rivalry with Chelsea goes.
Our fans will expect us to do nothing less than die for them on Saturday. There's nothing for us to fear because nobody expects us to get a result at Stamford Bridge.
If anything, it's Chelsea who have something to be afraid of and that's what I'll be telling the other lads in the huddle before the game.
It'll be a great occasion and we're going to try and win the game but, whatever happens, we can't lose sight of the long-term objective - we want to be playing teams like Chelsea twice a season, not once in 12 years.