John Arne Riise can’t wait for Saturday’s local derby at QPR – and has backed Fulham to record another win over their local rivals.
The Norwegian left back revelled in the memories of last October’s 6-0 win at Craven Cottage during his pre-match preview with the offal but was at pains to point out that Rangers will be fired up for revenge at the weekend.
The atmosphere [in that match] was beautiful, it was brilliant. We played very well that game, everybody was up for it and I could feel that was a big derby for the team and for the fans. Everything we did went in and 6-0 is a big result but I have a feeling it will be a harder game on Saturday.
Riise doesn’t need to reminded how important the forthcoming fixture is for the fans.
The Fulham fans are really on this game because they feel QPR is one of the biggest derbies so I’m excited and I know the fans are as well. I just want the three points to be fair – I hope we can go there and play a good game, do what we can and play at our highest level and if we do that then we have a chance to win.
It’s a big game for both teams. We want to go there and play our top football and if we do that then we have a chance to win and that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking to come away with three points to set up a nice weekend and a nice day for the fans.
This is a good chance to push on and consolidate our place in the top half of the table. Every game is hard but certain ones you feel you should go into and have a good chance of winning and with these next three games we should have a good chance of winning them all. But in the Premier League there are no easy games so we’ll have to play well to give ourselves chances to win points and if we can get some points from these three games we’ll be looking good in the table as well.