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RANGERS boss Mark Warburton insists that his side must give R’s supporters something to cheer about on Friday evening, as the Super Hoops prepare for an important Championship clash against Nottingham Forest at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

His side swiftly return to action following Tuesday’s disappointing Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland, with a clash against Warburton’s former employers a chance to move on from the midweek penalty heartache.

“We have a very important game against Nottingham Forest now," Warburton explained. “We felt we were badly treated on Tuesday, but we had an immediate meeting to put the game to bed, you simply can’t feel sorry for yourself.

“It was a perfectly good goal [disallowed, for Charlie Austin], however we have to get on with it, it’s as simple as that. We missed chances in the game, we should have won it, but there’s no time to dwell and feel sorry for ourselves. We should be in the draw, we are not, however we have a great game on Friday night to focus on.

“It will be a great atmosphere under the lights, you have to look forward to such fixtures. There’s no doubt if we had won the game on Tuesday, the boys would have felt ten-feet tall. It was very much a disappointed and angry mood the next morning and we have to pick ourselves up.”

Of course, the R’s welcome Forest to W12 tomorrow evening, as we kick off the weekend’s fixtures under the lights in west London. Rangers boss Warburton admits the quick turnaround is hard on the players, but one we must battle through.

He added: “The schedule as it is, it is basically a maintenance programme - they come in, have ice baths, look after the bumps and the bruises which is always harder for the players as it means the work on the field is always very low key. We did shape and set-pieces but had to do the minimum amount of work because you have to look after their legs and then we play again tomorrow.

“Friday will be a very good test, they (Forest) have a very good squad. You look at the backline, the midfield, with the likes of Colback and Yates, of course Grabban up front is very strong. The options they have from the bench as well, they are a very talented team, they have a huge amount of pace, Steve [Cooper] has come in, had a good run of games and done well, so we must meet a challenge.

“We say it every week, but in this division every single game is a real challenge. Someone said to me it’s a 'must win', but what isn’t a must-win game?

“We look forward to it, we have prepared well in terms of analysis. It will be under the lights, it’s a fantastic opportunity to go and deliver a good performance and send our supporters home happy who really deserve it, the other night they were fantastic but went home unhappy. Saturday at Peterborough, we were backed by 4,000 fans who went home disappointed, so we have an opportunity to make sure our fans enjoy the performance and have a great weekend.”

In terms of team news, duo Sam Field and Lee Wallace are slowly returning to action following their long-term absences.

Warburton said: “Sam Field and Lee Wallace are both back training in full on the grass, with Sam a little bit further ahead, but when you have a lengthy lay-off it is just about easing them back in.

“It was great to see Sam playing 45 minutes against Bristol City for the Under-23s on Tuesday and again he will get more minutes this week, and hopefully be ready for Blackpool and then after the international break.”