Schwarzer ready for QPR test after Fulham return to winning ways

The veteran Australia international praised the efforts of his team-mates in their 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Monday night, a win that ended a seven-game spell without victory
Mark Schwarzer has spoken positively about Fulham's return to form after helping guide the team to their first win in eight games, pointing to the west London derby with QPR this weekend as their next test.

The 40-year-old suggested the 2-1 win over Newcastle should give Martin Jol's side the confidence to take the game to the Rs on Saturday, but believes the Cottagers will need to sharpen up their finishing after the side missed a number of chances against the Magpies on Monday night.

He told the club's 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.
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“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 took the lead through a deflected Steve Sidwell cross-cum shot, but found themselves pegged back by a Hatem Ben Arfa strike which Schwarzer admitted deceived him after taking a deflection.

“It took a deflection and it’s just one of those things,” added 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.”

Fulham make the trip to QPR unbeaten in their last six clashes with the Hoops, winning two of their last three games at Loftus Road, without conceding a goal. Harry Redknapp's team remain rooted to the foot of the table, without a win and with just seven points from 16 games.