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Warburton: We know what we have to do

MARK Warburton and his players know what they will have to do well, if they are to record a positive result at Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The R’s – who won at the City Ground for the first time in the club’s history last season – will head to the east midlands in good spirits, having beaten Stoke City at the weekend.

Rangers found themselves 2-0 down early on against Stoke but they stormed back to win the match 4-2 and the manager insists that his team are fully aware of where they will need to be at their best against Forest.

“We know it’s about us being clinical,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “I’ve made the ‘broken record’ comment because in games like Huddersfield, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday, we created chances and we weren’t taking them.

“You think about Cardiff and Swansea [at home] and we took them. Swansea away we missed big chances but then on Saturday you saw us take four and in truth – and very respectfully – we have probably missed four or five huge chances.

“The good thing for me is that we, as a team, are creating good, quality chances and it’s up to us to be clinical and get the rewards.”

Forest – who Warburton managed in 2017 – are on the hunt for promotion and they sit fifth in the Championship table.

They have taken four points from recent fixtures against top-two sides Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion and the manager is expecting them to pose his side with a difficult challenge.

He said: “It’s a big, big club and I think the game is a complete sell out. There should be a great atmosphere and I have huge respect for the club and the owners and what they are doing.

“They are investing wisely in the club and you can see what they are driving towards. It [The City Ground] is a great place to play football and we are looking forward to it.

“Forest are a good team and they are in form. They’re hard to break down and they counter really well. They have good quality up front with the likes of Lolley, Silva, Grabban and Ameobi, so we know what we face.

“Likewise, they will be aware that we are a good team that creates chances as well. The 4-0 scoreline against them at home wasn’t a true reflection because of the red card after 50 minutes and what we have to do on Saturday is impose ourselves and recognise the importance of defending our goal with a real passion and look to use the football wisely.”

With 13 matches of the Championship season remaining, the R’s are 11 points off the play-off positions and also 11 points above the relegation zone.

Warburton knows exactly what the target is for his team between now and the end of the campaign.

He said: “We want to get as many points as we possibly can – that’s the only aim.

“In this league, you can very quickly be drawn into a relegation fight and I’m not saying that negatively, that’s just the fact of it. If you get caught for four or five games then you can be in trouble.

“Likewise, if you win four or five in a row, you can find yourselves pushing for the play-offs. All we can concentrate on is QPR and the next game and that is Forest right now.

“We know what we face and at 5pm on Saturday that concentration will switch on to Derby.”

We are creating good, quality chances and it’s up to us to get the rewards.

Mark Warburton
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