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09:00 22nd January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Loic praises Taarabt after pair combine for Frenchman’s debut goal ...

LOIC REMY took just 14 minutes to announce himself onto the Premier League stage at the weekend.

The French international scored QPR’s opener in their 1-1 draw at West Ham, but following the game the new arrival was keen to praise Adel Taarabt for the part he played in the strike.

Taarabt’s perfectly-weighted through-ball sent Remy clear of the Hammers backline and the former Marseille man didn’t even take a touch to set himself as he confidently beat Jussi Jaaskelainen to secure a debut goal.

“It was fantastic to score so soon in my first game,” Remy told “For me, this was a big surprise as I did not expect to score so early in the match.

“Adel is a very, very good player. He has a lot of quality with his passing and this is very useful for me. 

“He created the goal for me but we need to play together more and more to develop our understanding on the pitch. I think we can do good things together.

“I am happy to get my first goal. Hopefully me and the team can grow and become better and better.”

Remy’s first-time shot from just outside the West Ham area was indicative of a player who has confidence in his ability. But the club’s record signing said it was also down to his awareness of how quickly the game is played in England.

“I didn’t want to take a touch, this was instinct,” he said. “My first intention, my first thought was to take the shot. In this division the game is very fast and you must make your decisions very quickly. That is why I shot straight away and I was very happy to score.”

Remy’s goal was met by delirium in the away end, with the R’s faithful delighted to see their new man get on the scoresheet, and Remy says he was pleased to give his new supporters something to shout about.

“When I scored I heard the fans cheering and this was great, a special feeling,” he added. “I knew the fans would be supporting me on my first game so it was fantastic to score this goal for them.”

Rangers had to withstand sustained pressure from the hosts in the second half and, although they didn’t hold out for all three points, Remy believes a draw on the road was still a very worthy return. 

“We worked very hard as a group to try and keep the lead and win the match but this was not possible,” he said. “We are still happy to draw this game and take something from it because it was a very difficult fixture.

“Now we must work hard to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season to stay in the Premier League.”

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