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Now we are ready for the big boys, says Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens

By LCFC | September 16, 2010

Richie Wellens is relishing the challenge of facing Championship leaders QPR on Saturday – and believes Leicester City will soon be mixing it again with the big guns.

City go into the Championship clash at the Walkers Stadium buoyed by the 2-1 victory over Cardiff on Tuesday night, which was their first league win and lifted them out of the bottom three.

Midfielder Wellens says playing against QPR is the sort of test which any player should want to be given.

"These are the best games to play in," said the 30-year-old, who played a pivotal role in the win over Cardiff by providing both assists for Andy King's double strike.

"Cardiff are up there and we've beaten them, and it's QPR next.

"You shouldn't be a footballer if you don't relish playing in these sort of games against the best teams, and I can't see why, with the squad we have, that we can't push up the league."

Wellens said the Cardiff success was vital as City finally secured their first win to back up some impressive league performances so far.

"We have been playing well and our confidence had not been affected too much. But the longer you go without a win, your confidence can be affected so, hopefully, the three points will allow us to kick on."

City discovered their cutting edge in an outstanding display against the Bluebirds as they exacted revenge for a hurtful play-off semi-final defeat back in May.

"It wasn't really the defeat, but the manner in which it happened on penalties," said Wellens. "We owed them one because we felt bitter about it, but I would have still preferred to have won the play-off game.

"It took me until we reported back for pre-season to get over it, but once you start playing games you forget about it and now we want to get to the same position or one better."

City had been similarly dominant in the clash against Coventry last weekend, but had to settle for a point.

"I don't think we were unlucky against Coventry, we had all the possession and our strikers got into great positions but we couldn't pick out the right passes," said Wellens.

"The difference against Cardiff was the goals against probably the best team we have played so far this season."

City had to come from behind following a spectacular, long-range strike from Lee Naylor, and Wellens said: "They scored and we looked at each other as if to say 'here we go again'.

"It took us 10 to 15 minutes to get over it but we rolled up our sleeves and they didn't have another chance. I thought in the second half we were different class."

Wellens also praised King, his young midfield partner who has now notched four goals this season to add to the double-figure tally he achieved in the previous two seasons.

"We're playing 4-3-3 and he is not wasting all his energies on tracking back and tackling," said Wellens. "He is making runs into the box and trying to get goals."

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