Dec 14 2012 By Matt Lewis
CLINT Hill knows he will have to be on the top of his game if he is to stop classy Fulham frontman Dimitar Berbatov this weekend.
The silky striker has made a big impact at Craven Cottage since the Bulgarian left Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the summer.
Known for his killer first-touch and composure on the ball, Berbatov has added a new dimension to the Whites attack, scoring five goals in the process.
He has not found the net since banging in two against Arsenal last month but will fancy his chances against a QPR side still looking for their first league win of the season.
QPR defender Hill admits he will be keeping a close eye on the forward at Loftus Road on Saturday but insists he sees the opportunity to take on Berbatov as a challenge rather than a problem.
“He is such a good player and one of many that they've got,” Hill told the Chronicle.
“It's difficult to deal with someone of his quality and if I do play, which I'd like to, I will have to watch him carefully. It's a challenge and that's why we play football.
“People often call him slow but it seems to me like he is six or seven steps ahead of everyone else in the game. He makes things look easier than they actually are.”
Hill was part of the Rangers side that drew 2-2 at Wigan last weekend to see them go 16 games without a win in the Premier League – a new record.
And the no-nonsense centre-half reckons there would be no better way to stop the rot than picking up their first three points of 2012-13 in the derby.
“Every game is a final now,” he continued. “It doesn't matter whether you're playing Fulham or Man United or Chelsea, they are all big games. Of course it would be nice to win [against Fulham] and we lost to them twice last season so we want to improve on that.
“It means a lot to everyone. Hopefully the crowd will get behind us and make it as hostile as possible and you never know what can happen on the day in these games.”