Schwarz Raring For QPR

Wednesday 12 December 2012 09:04

Mark Schwarzer is ready for another ‘massive’ game on Saturday (3pm) as Fulham head to local rivals Queens Park Rangers.

Rangers are without a win this season, but have had something of an upturn in fortunes since Harry Redknapp took charge, drawing the three games under his guidance.

But Fulham will go into the game at Loftus Road full of confidence after ending a seven match winless run with a thrilling 2-1 victory against Newcastle United in front of the Sky cameras on Monday night.

It sets the scene nicely for the short trip to Rangers, with Schwarzer telling the official website: “It’s a massive game. We just need to recover now and take the confidence from Monday night’s game into the weekend.

“We should have won by more against Newcastle. We had some very good chances, not half-chances or lucky chances - very, very good ones. Their keeper played very well and on another day we might have won more comfortably.

“But of course we’re pleased to have won. It was a big game, Newcastle were on similar points to us and it was important to get a win. We’d gone seven games without a win, we’d been unlucky at times, so it’s nice to be back to winning ways.”

Fulham went in front at the Cottage through Steve Sidwell’s effort, only for Newcastle to draw level early in the second half when Hatem Ben Arfa’s long-range effort flew past Schwarzer.

“It took a deflection and it’s just one of those things,” said Schwarzer. “It dipped and swerved but we went down the other end and got back in front through Hugo [Rodallega] which was deserved as we’d been threatening all night.”