Queens Park Rangers travel to Nottingham Forest in the Championship tomorrow.
Mark Warburton will head to the City Ground where he oversaw 37 games in charge through 2017, being sacked on New Year’s Eve. His time at Forest isn’t the most successful on his CV, but Warburton still holds a lot of respect for the club:
“It’s a big, big club and I think the game is a complete sell out,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “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.”
Sabri Lamouchi has Forest set for a top-six finish this season, currently sitting in 5th after a 2-2 at league leaders West Brom last time out.
“Forest are a good team and they are in form,” explained Warburton. “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.”
QPR will head to Nottingham in good spirits after ending their winless run, and finally getting back on the score-sheet in emphatic style against Stoke City last weekend.
Warburton’s side will also be looking to rectify a 4-0 defeat at home to Forest earlier in the season:
“Likewise, they will be aware that we are a good team that creates chances as well,” the QPR boss said.
“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.”
Fans have been hugely entertained by QPR this season – they’re the 2nd highest-scoring team in the division but have a defensive record as bad as Barnsley’s.
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QPR should have much more goals than though. They create and squander so many chances and this weekend, Warburton know’s his side will have to take them:
“We know it’s about us being clinical. 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.”
It’ll be an entertaining affair at the City Ground tomorrow. Both teams play exciting, attacking football and both will be gunning for a win – three-points for QPR tomorrow could see them into 12th-place.