Mark Warburton admits he was furious to be sacked by Nottingham Forest, after doing everything asked of him at the City Ground.

The QPR manager was axed by Forest in December 2017, just nine months into his reign.

He is set to welcome his former club to Loftus Road on Wednesday, seeking a first league win since a 3-2 away win at Hull on October 19.

And Warburton admitted there will be a little extra riding on the contest.

“I left there very angry,” he said.

"We hit every KPI. Reduce the average age of the squad, we did, reduce the size of the squad, we did, finish mid-table and we were 12th. At the end of the day it's his club so you can't argue with it, you just learn from it, so I left there angry.

"We don't get five points for beating Forest, it's three points, it's the next game.

"They're a very good team, they've made a strong start to the season.

"We prepare well, we respect them like we did Fulham.

"It's not about me, it's about the players, the supporters. My job is to prepare the players to put in a performance that the supporters enjoy and to go and get three points."

The Rs have gone five games without a win, with Friday night’s derby defeat to Fulham leaving them 12th in the table and five points off the play-off places.

And they could be boosted by the return of defender Liam Kelly and midfielder Yoann Barbet, who have missed two and four games respectively through injury.

"Yoann is out on the grass running and running hard which is good to see,” Warburton added.

"Liam Kelly is back out on the grass. We've got to be very careful with both.

"Yoann is further ahead but Liam is coming back and he'll be re-scanned very quickly so hopefully he's not too far away from being available.

"They're getting closer. With this type of demanding programme you're going to get the injuries.

"We lost Geoff Cameron to suspension. We lost Yoann, we had Toni (Leistner) out, we had Grant Hall out for five weeks. All credit to the players. We're a tight, young and lean squad and they've adapted really well."