thumbnail Hello,

Cottagers boss descrives Premier League new boys as club's biggest rival as the two London sides clash at Loftus Road this Saturday

Fulham manager Martin Jol has insisted that facing Premier League new boys QPR is a bigger derby match for his club than facing perennial rivals Chelsea.

The Dutchman leads the Cottagers into Loftus Road this Saturday where opposing manager Mark Hughes and ex-striker Bobby Zamora welcome their former club.

Jol is less interested in stoking any personal drama between the supporters and Fulham's former boss and player than he is delivering points for his side.

"In the first game against QPR you felt the sort of feeling that this was new," Jol told reporters.

"It was a derby game and I feel if you look at the reactions after the game from our fans, it is a big game now and in the future.

"In the past I think it was a good derby game but it is now probably a bigger derby game than Chelsea.

Fulham have won just once away this season, a record the 56-year-old hopes to better against one of the league's poorer home sides.

"We have a lot of supporters going there," the Dutchman said. "We focus on that and we will focus on our away form because that is not great.

"If you look at the form positively, you can say we didn't lose six out of the 12 away games but it is not the best away form.

"Hopefully we can change that and make it a structural thing on winning away."

Jol also is hopeful his fans won't get distracted by jeering former forward Bobby Zamora or ex-manager Mark Hughes, both now plying their trade at Loftus Road.

"Bobby deserves praise because he played for us and was a very good servant for the club," Jol said.

"Hopefully the QPR fans will think the same of him in a few years. I always want to focus our fans on our team."

The 12th-placed Cottagers make the short trip to 16th-place QPR on Saturday.

Related

From the web