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08:51 7th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Defender enjoying Premier League return following debut against Norwich...

MAN Mountain Christopher Samba is delighted to be dancing to the Premier League beat once again.

Samba was handed his Queens Park Rangers debut in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City at Loftus Road.

The Congolese defender spent five years with Blackburn Rovers making over 160 appearances in the EPL before his switch to Anzhi 12 months ago.

The Russian side is on a two month winter break – between mid-December and mid-February – whilst Samba also had surgery on a hand injury during that period.

That has limited the giant centre-back to just five days training prior to his Premier League return.

But despite that he was pleased with last Saturday’s clean sheet against Norwich City, if disappointed not to take more from the match.

“I’d only done five days of training after five weeks out before coming here,” Samba told

“This is the English league and it is physical. It was a more intensive style of play than it was in Russia.

“To get a clean sheet is pleasing but I am very disappointed to get a draw as a win would have put us back amongst the chasing pack.”

Rangers had opportunities to clip the Canaries wings at Loftus Road.

Adel Taarabt’s 56th minute penalty miss was the most glaring, whilst Andros Townsend and Bobby Zamora both had chances to win it in the second half.

That, along with a solid display in defence, has given Samba belief that QPR can avoid relegation this term.

“We were very disappointed not to have won as we played well,” said the 28-year-old. “We had enough chances to win that game but we were a bit unlucky with the penalty. 

“I thought we did enough to win and we were unfortunate not to as we could have had three points. That will come, hopefully against Swansea this Saturday.

“We played very well overall though and I have seen we have enough to remain in this league for myself now.”

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