QPR’s Jamie Mackie has revealed he will disappoint friends and family on Sunday when he lines up to face Chelsea.
The Surrey-born player admits there are a few back home in the Blues heartland who support the arch-enemy. But requests to get autographs from the likes of Fernando Torres have fallen on stony ground.
“Yeah maybe they’ll want me to,” he said. “But I’m not in the Premier League to do that. I’m here to try and beat them, and as a group we are going to have be at our best to do so.”
Mackie made his first start in the Premiership against Blackburn on Saturday after a double leg break in January, and reckons his team-mates have had Chelsea in their sights all week.
The forward agrees that Sunday's feast is a far cry from relegation at Plymouth to League One just 16 months ago.
“I’ve come along a way in a relative short time, and don’t want to miss out,” he said. “I’m going to get better every day I play – and I’m confident in my ability.
“The atmosphere at games like the one on Sunday will be of a magnitude we didn’t have last season.
“You want to play against the best, and this a great chance for all of us.”