QPR’s Bobby Zamora hopes his old side feel very mid table when the two clubs meet in a couple of weeks.
West Ham are as close to a club that have nothing to play for as you can get, and that’s just the way the big striker wants it after a nerve-grinding eight days.
It will be the first match in four where the other side is neither a champion in waiting nor a drop zone contender, and maybe Rs can finally get just rewards for ‘gutting’ 1-0 defeat to Chelsea yesterday.
Zamora said: “It was so close, and everybody was down in the dressing room.
“We shut them up for the whole game and got one or two chances ourselves, but It wasn’t be.
"John Terry told me they weren't happy with their performance at half time, and that it would come down to one little chance, and unfortunately it did.
“West Ham’s a big game; we look at those teams that are mid table and comfortable and without being able to get into Europe or worry about relegation, and we hope they’re not concentrating and not at their game. Wishful thinking maybe, but there are little bits and pieces like that we look to.”
Rs coach Chris Ramsey reckons Zamora barely trains as he game manages his 34-year-old battered frame from one game to the next, but Zamora insists he is having something of a purple patch as far as his fitness goes.
“Three games in a week, and it feels good,” the forward said. “There was a little bit of cramp at the end, but I’m pleased with the ways things are going.
“I want to run around and make it hard for the centre halves, and if I can’t get a clean header try and make it hard they don’t either,” he said.
“I tried to nod it down to Chas (Charlie Austin) and there were a couple of chances against Chelsea that on another day would have gone in. But we’re confident with a performance like that we can get the points that will allow us to stay up.”