Warburton insists Forest have quality to stay up

Date published: Monday 1st May 2017 5:41

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Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton says his side have enough quality to stay in the Championship after QPR confirmed their own survival against Forest.

Wins for Blackburn and Birmingham meant the result left Forest one place above the drop zone, ahead of Rovers only on goal difference.

It means Forest, who are at home to Ipswich next weekend, must at least match Blackburn’s final-day result in order to stay up – Rovers are away to Brentford.

Warburton said: “We had to expect other teams to win. We know what we have to do. We’re at home and our focus is now on preparing well and getting a good performance.

“It’s up to us. We’re at home. We can’t control what happens away from us, and we have enough quality.

“It’s an honest group of players we’ve got. I can’t question their work ethic, and I want them to get their rewards.

“They’re professionals. They know what’s involved. They have a responsibility to themselves, their families, the supporters and the club – we all do.”

Goals from Conor Washington and Joel Lynch ended QPR’s six-game losing run and ensured the London club will stay up.

Forest created chances, particularly in the final 25 minutes, but were unable to find the net.

Warburton added: “We have been in it (danger) for a number of weeks now and every time they’ve played the players have had the talk of the threat of relegation and I’ve been saying they’re handling the pressure very well.

“But we’ve got to take our chances. We looked more desperate and hungry to score after we conceded and we had chances and didn’t take them.

“The game is about goals. You can have all the possession in the world but you have to take your chances when they come.”

QPR manager Ian Holloway admitted a sense of relief after his team’s Championship status was confirmed – and promised a summer of rebuilding.

“It’s a relief for everybody, but the job starts now,” he said.

“It (the threat of relegation) has been on everybody’s mind, including the supporters.

“I’m delighted with the lads. They needed the fans and the fans were absolutely brilliant – they must have felt nervous but it didn’t transmit to my team.

“I didn’t want to go to Norwich on the final day needing a point or three. I’m really pleased we’ve got over the line.

“I can’t wait to have the summer and a pre-season. They need to be fit and they’ll have a chance to develop a way of playing.

“Are we going to spend masses of money? No. And I wouldn’t want to do that anyway. But we will be moving the club forward.

“I know I haven’t won enough games. But no-one wants it more than me and I want this club to move forward.”

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