Sep 30 2011 By Paul Warburton
NEIL Warnock is praying his luck will change when he goes to Fulham on Sunday.
As a player and a manager, the QPR boss has never won there in six attempts. In fact, his last appearance at Craven Cottage as a right-winger for Chesterfield in September 1970, netted him a gashed ankle and four stitches.
The Spireites lost 2-0 that day, and as manager at Notts County, Plymouth, Huddersfield and Sheffield United he has not gathered so much as a point for his pains down Stevenage Road.
However, Warnock believes his best chance of breaking his duck comes with a revived Rangers, who should be three out of three for away wins.
A solitary defeat at Wigan in August with the old-look team was still against the run of play.
“I just think we’re geared up for away wins, where the onus is on the home team to come at us,” said Warnock. “We had a good away record last season as well, and there’s shades of that with this team.”
It will be cold comfort for the Rs manager if Bobby Zamora scores against him on Sunday.
Warnock tried to sign the Fulham striker when he was boss at Sheffield United in 2003 – recognising then that Zamora was headed for the top.
“It was the season United got to the semi-final of the FA Cup,” said Warnock. “Bob was at Brighton, and I had a go thinking he might fancy a team that had done so well.
“But Spurs came in for him, and that was that.”