Queens Park Rangers host Birmingham City in the Championship tomorrow.
Mark Warburton’s side will look to go five games unbeaten in the Championship tomorrow, when they host another form-team in Birmingham.
The Blues are unbeaten in 12 and sit a place below QPR in 14th after a contested season under Pep Clotet. Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of the clash, Warburton was very respectful of tomorrow’s opponents:
“It’s all about results in the industry we’re in, however we face an opponent who are unbeaten in 12, gone to Millwall and have been hard-done by the disallowed goal.
“They’re in-form, their confidence will be sky-high as well, there’s a real attacking-threat in [Lukas] Jutkiewicz and [Scott] Hogan, physicality at the back in terms of [Marc] Roberts and [Harlee] Dean, and confidence in midfield, so we know they possess a lot of talent.”
QPR briefly held the mid-table spot for a night in midweek after their home win against Derby, dropping back down to 13th after Sheffield Wednesday’s win against Charlton the following night.
As the Championship always has been, results are indifferent for every team, and anyone really can beat anyone.
“If you’re slightly below part you get hurt in this Division,” continued Warburton. “Look at the results – Wigan go to Reading and win 3-0, Luton beat Brentford 2-1.”
“So what you have to do is keep believing in what you’re doing. If you get a good result it strengthens that belief of course, we need to focus on what we do well and impose ourselves on games – the margins are fine.”
The last month has arguably been the best of Warburton’s tenure. The return of Yoann Barbet has made a world of difference to the defence, and in the last four since his return, QPR have kept two clean sheets.
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Liam Kelly has also been receiving praise in-goal, and Ebere Eze looks to getting back to his best after a long-spell of going missing from games. When asked what factor has most pleased him of late, Warburton said:
“The resilience that’s been displayed. We had a tough January, some decent performances and never got the rewards. Going to Swansea we knew the players knew they needed to deliver a performance.
“Then we have the Stoke game where we could’ve scored even more goals. We had a very strong performance at Nottingham Forest, a tough place to go, and follow that up with the Derby win. So the resilience, the desire.”
After the 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town earlier in the month, many fans were fearing of a relegation scrap come May. But now QPR are looking up the table and at the possibility of a last-gasp spot in the top-six – a win tomorrow would certainly put them on their way to that.