QUEENS Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton knows that his players deserve an enormous amount of credit for the way they have conducted themselves throughout the tail end of the campaign but knows that there is still three more points up for grabs this weekend.
Rangers host Luton Town tomorrow afternoon and the clash against the Hatters will give the R’s a chance to sign off the season with a fourth victory from the final five games, a run which has ensured a strong finish to what has been an unprecedented year.
“We can’t let ourselves down now”, the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk “We were very keen to hunt down every single point and the players deserve so much credit for doing exactly that.
“They have maintained focus intensity, concentration and we have gone to some tough places in the last few weeks and picked up some great results, it’s very impressive.
“But we can’t let ourselves down now, we have a chance to finish eighth, but we could also finish 11th, so let’s make sure that we do ourselves justice tomorrow.
“We must meet the challenge of a tough Luton team and hopefully round up what has been a very good season.”
Tomorrow’s clash with Luton Town will see Rangers saying farewell to club captain Geoff Cameron, who during the week announced he will be returning to his native America following the conclusion of his contract and Rangers boss Warburton couldn’t praise the efforts of the 35-year-old midfielder enough.
He said: "Geoff has been very important to us, he has Premier League and International experience, he has come in and applied that.
“When I arrived, everyone spoke about how well Geoff had done previously and it was a no brainer to get him back and his impact on and off the field has been huge.
“He has performed incredibly for us on the field, he has been asked to play in different positions and has applied himself outstandingly well.
“But not only that, his mentoring role off the pitch also has been vitally important.”
Warburton added: “We made him captain at the start of the season, and he embraced that responsibility, it has been great to see his contribution and I am delighted to see that he has enjoyed his time at QPR.
“Geoff trained with us today, so we hope he will be fit and ready for selection, there’s no doubt about his quality, there’s no doubt that whether we ask him to start tomorrow or come on, he will make a positive contribution to the side.”
As Warburton takes a closer look at tomorrow’s opponents, the R’s boss was quick to praise Nathan Jones and his staff for the great job they have done at Kenilworth Road this season but knows that his side must be aware of the quality the Hatters will bring to the capital tomorrow.
He said: “Nathan and his team have done an outstanding job; they have steadied the boat after a difficult season.
“They have been consistent, produced a good level of performances both home and away and they have showed their quality.
“Luton are a good team, they have physicality in the squad, they have good players, and they are very good at what they do.
“So, we know what we face, we have a lot of respect for the work Nathan and his team have done, undoubtedly we will face a tough challenge, but let’s finish the season off very strongly tomorrow and then look forward to that much deserved break.”
The final whistle tomorrow afternoon will see the R’s signing off from what has been an extraordinary season and Warburton was keen to highlight how important this upcoming break will be for the players and staff alike.
Warburton added: “It’s been an unprecedented season for so many reasons and the demands which have been placed on players and staff has been like nothing we have seen before.
“It is the right time now to finish the season strongly, we have been pushing very hard and want to finish well against a very strong Luton team.
“But it’s time now for the players and staff alike to re charge, both mentally and physically.
“People talk about the physical side, but mentally it is so important, you need to switch off for a few weeks, so yes let’s finish the season off very strongly tomorrow and then look forward to that break.”
We must meet the challenge of a tough Luton team and hopefully round up what has been a very good season.