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27 April 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton says The Reds need to perform well over 90 minutes as they look to secure Championship safety at QPR on Saturday.

Forest travel south for their final away match of the season knowing that a win could mean they avoid being involved in the relegation fight on the last day if results elsewhere go their way.

Warburton said: “It could be a defining weekend but there are two games to go and we know the situation we are in and many other teams are in. All we can do is focus well, prepare well and train well and deliver the performance.

“You want to get it done as soon as you possibly can and every team will say the same. The significance of the game is not lost on either side, or the supporters. QPR have had a good run of form then a poor run of form and they are a good quality team, there is no doubt about that. We know the level of challenge that we face but we know we are a good team ourselves and we showed that on Saturday. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully getting the job done.

“We go above them if we win, simple as that. The table doesn’t lie for both teams and both know they can do better. There are two hugely significant games to go and the focus for us is on the performance.

“Most would agree that one victory would be enough, and you would like to think it would be enough, but you never know. All you can focus on is the remaining games and to try and win every game and see where you are. 

“It is about consistency of performance. You strive to have a consistently high level of performance and that is what we have to do. We had a good first half against Derby and a good hour against Preston; we have had these blocks of good productive play and on Saturday in the first 60-65 minutes we were very good. We have to look at what constitutes a good performance, what we are doing well and why we regard it as a good performance and strive to achieve that over 90 minutes.”

The Reds have picked up just two wins on their travels this season and Warburton feels that the performances have been there since he has taken over, but the fine margins haven’t fallen the way of his side.

He said: “We played well at Cardiff and didn’t get the rewards and we played well at Preston but didn’t get the rewards. Those are the fine margins and that is the nature of the game we are involved in. The performance levels were good and you have to hope that over the course of the season they get you the rewards you deserve. 

“All I know is that Wolves away was poor from both sides and one goal settled it. Preston away we did well and I had no complaints and at Cardiff we did well but didn’t get the rewards. What we have to do is focus on the quality of performance and if we do that consistently we will get the rewards we deserve.

“We have to go to QPR and try and impose ourselves and dominate the football to create chances. It is about goals; goals change games as basic as that sounds.

“They are professional footballers but they know what is at stake. They know the significance of the matches; they are not fools and for me to under-play the significance of these matches would be foolish on my part. We know what is at stake for the club, supporters and the players themselves and everyone is aware but you saw the reaction last weekend and our job is to replicate that.”

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