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Warburton: ‘We have to build on last weekend’

AS Mark Warburton’s QPR prepare for Friday evening's clash with newly-promoted Coventry City, the R’s boss is keen to build on the perfect start his side made to 2020/21 last weekend.

Rangers sealed a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in W12, thanks to goals from Lyndon Dykes and Illias Chair, but Warburton knows that this is just the beginning and there is a lot more work to do if his side want to achieve their targets this season.

Coventry, who are plying their trade in the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since 2012 as a result of their League One crowing, will be looking for an instant reaction following their opening-day defeat to Bristol City.

“Winning on the opening day of the season is so important for many reasons and our performance was so rewarding,” Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk. “To produce a performance like that against a very good opponent with such a high-quality squad, makes for a very rewarding week's work. But it is one game out of 46 and we must get ready for the next one now.

“A number of things pleased me on Saturday. We maintained a great shape, with and without the ball, and we frustrated Forest on many occasions. We looked dangerous with the ball and thoroughly deserved the victory.

“Everyone performed well, with the substitutes making a difference also, so it was a whole team contribution, with everyone playing their part.

“All the new lads put in very good performances but we have a long season ahead and they all still have a lot to learn. They still need to get used to the club, the new people, our way of working and they must adapt to the demands of the Championship.

Rangers head to the midlands for this Friday's clash with Coventry City in front of the Sky Sports cameras and Warburton knows that his side cannot underestimate the Sky Blues.

He said: “Every game in the Championship is dangerous but even more so against a side recently promoted. They will be playing without any fear and without any expectation. Their result last weekend would’ve hurt them because they were unlucky to come away from Bristol City without a result.

“We know that they play with a nice style of play, with players who likes to get on the ball with good forward running. They are a very dangerous side. Mark (Robins) and his team have done an outstanding job when you look at where they have been and where they are now.

"We know that we face a tough test and we want to go there, deliver a good level of performance, do what we do well and if we do that we will be confident of the right result come the full-time whistle."

With the transfer window remaining open for the next month, the gaffer also provided an update on the potential ins and outs of his squad. 

He said: “In terms of transfers, we still want one or two more in; we still want that depth, especially from an attacking point of view.

"There has been a lot of work done behind-the-scenes to try and get something done but we want the right individuals who will add quality to the club and the squad and provide the value that we have to adhere to. We are making some good progress there.

"The window is open until the middle of October, so we have a lot of time left but you always run the risk of losing your own players, so it’s a bit of a game of cat and mouse. We are in a good position and if we can get these additions then the squad will have more depth, more quality and more fire power and we will need that for the forthcoming months.”

It was a really good start but we can’t get carried away. We must continue to keep working hard.

Mark Warburton