MARK Warburton has stressed the importance of mental strength to his players ahead of Sunday’s trip to Birmingham City.
The R’s travel to St Andrew’s for their third game in the space of seven days following a three-week break in fixtures due to COVID-19.
As he readies his troops for the challenge, the QPR boss said this is no time for excuses.
“The mental attitude of the squad right now is everything,” he explained.
“Losers find an excuse, winners find a way. That is it.
“It’s easy to say my legs are tired, or this or that. No, no, no. We have to find a way. Mindset is absolutely everything and I am glad to say this squad has it in abundance.”
After grabbing a dramatic late winner to seal a 2-1 triumph at Bristol City on Thursday evening, Rangers visit a Birmingham side that haven’t played for 15 days after their most recent fixtures – with Fulham and Peterborough – were postponed due to COVID cases in Blues’ camp.
“The negative is they will be fresh whereas our boys played on Thursday night,” Warburton said. “But the positive is we have experienced that high and we go there with a team who want to keep on that run.”
Lee Bowyer’s men are currently 17th in the table and go into this match on a run of one win from their last seven outings. In typical Championship fashion, their current form follows three straight victories.
“They are a good team,” Warburton said.
“They have quality up top in terms of Troy Deeney, Scott Hogan and Lucas Jutkiewicz, they’ve got Ivan Sunjic and Ryan Woods in midfield, and they have physicality in George Friend and Kristian Pedersen.
“There are a lot of teams in this league who have a very good squads and some have had tough starts to the season, but they are good teams.
“I think back to ourselves at this stage last season and where we were. We will have to meet a very stern challenge.”
Reflecting on QPR’s form in the opening half of the campaign, Warburton explained: The fans have to see their team moving forward and progress being made, and I hope right now they are seeing that – but we are only halfway through.
“We have to keep building on this. Our aims are clear. We have to keep pushing on and keep pushing forward.”
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