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Les' gratitude to QPR

Former Hoop Ferdinand has spoken of how grateful he is to Sunday's opponents, who launched his top-flight career.

Strikers' Coach Les Ferdinand has told Spurs TV Online of how grateful he is to Sunday's visitors to White Hart Lane, QPR, for launching his top-flight career.

The 44-year-old spent eight years at Loftus Road, moving to the Club from Hayes for a fee of £30,000 in 1987. He went on to make 163 league appearances - and scored 80 goals in the process - before being sold to Newcastle for £6,000,000 in 1995.

"It's a difficult one for me. When I went to Newcastle two weeks ago, everyone said to me 'this must be a difficult game for you'. I had a fantastic time in Newcastle, but I'm a Tottenham supporter. This one's a little bit different. I am a Tottenham supporter but I really want to see QPR stay in the Premier League as it's where I started.

"I owe a huge debt to QPR for giving me my opportunity. I know they need the points but we need to finish in the top four, so it's a real dilemma for me!"

Sunday will mark the first time that QPR has come to White Hart Lane since December of the 1995/1996 Premier League season, when an early Teddy Sheringham goal handed us a 1-0 victory.

Neil Warnock's side has made a solid start to the campaign and beat Chelsea 1-0 at Loftus Road last weekend, moving them up to tenth place in the league table. Les believes that simply staying in the division would represent a fantastic season for the Club.

"It's about consolidation. We've seen teams get off to a flyer in recent years - for example, Blackpool last year - but I think the Club is going in the right direction. The acquisitions Warnock made to the side have been very good and I think if they get the money to invest in January, they'll have a real chance of staying in this league.

"They've got great individuals who have done well this season, and they have individuals who at any given time can produce a bit of magic. I think the one department where they've struggled is scoring goals and that's been their Achilles heel, particularly at home."

The Hoops can expect a tough game at White Hart Lane - we haven't lost since the Manchester City fixture in August - and Les thinks our home form will be key if the team is to clinch a Champions League berth at the end of the season.

"I think the one thing you do need as a team that's going to try and finish in the top four is great home form and that's what we've got at the moment."

You can watch the full interview with Les on Spurs TV Online .