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PUBLISHED: 16:04 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

IT'S BEEN a strange week at the club, coming off the back of that unbelievable Carling Cup victory over Aston Villa last Wednesday. It was one of the biggest results for QPR in the last 15 years or so, it was fantastic to be involved...

IT'S BEEN a strange week at the club, coming off the back of that unbelievable Carling Cup victory over Aston Villa last Wednesday.

It was one of the biggest results for QPR in the last 15 years or so, it was fantastic to be involved, and then to get drawn against Man United at Saturday lunch-time was incredible.

The whole club was riding high, and then suddenly within a few hours we'd lost at Derby and the shine had come off a bit.

But I think tiredness from our exploits against Villa had a lot to do with that result, and I think most fans would take a league defeat if it meant beating a top Premier League side in a cup and setting up a trip to Old Trafford.

Of course we've now drawn with Blackpool as well and dropped to eighth in the table. But we're still only three points off third, and what with being in the last 16 of the Carling Cup now I think a lot of people would take this situation.

The fans should be very proud of the club and of the team, and it's only recently that we've had the facilites and the team to do things like this.

Iain Dowie hasn't been going overboard with references to his victory over United with Coventry last year.

But lightning might strike twice and we'd be into fairytale land if we won - we'd then be in the quarter-finals and starting to have a real look at whether we could go on to achieve something truly special.

It's possible that United will rest some of their bigger players against us, but I think Alex Ferguson will remember Iain Dowie and won't want to be knocked out by him twice in two years.

I'm desperate to play myself, and may change the team-sheet just before the game to get myself on, but I think a few of the lads might have something to say about that.

This weekend we've got a tough game against Birmingham, which is particularly important because it comes right before an international break.

Of course we've got internationals in our team, and that's a great honour for them, but otherwise the time off will give both the players and the fans a well deserved break.

And, although our injury situation is very good at the moment, it will also give people like Akos Buzsaky more training time.

Birmingham are doing well, as expected, and we know they're very strong at home, while we need to sort out our away form, but what better place to do that than at one of the league leaders?

St Andrew's has always been a happy hunting ground for me, both as a Port Vale player and at QPR, so hopefully that trend will continue on Saturday.


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