Mark Warburton is well aware of his side’s collective responsibility to bounce back against Derby on Saturday following Wednesday night’s heavy home defeat.

Lee Wallace was sent off against Nottingham Forest in the midweek fixture, but the R’s were already a goal down at that stage and went on to concede a further three to finish up losing 4-0 at home.

Defeat made it six games without a win for Warburton while this weekend’s opponents Derby were comfortably beaten by Fulham – a factor that the Rangers boss is not taking lightly.

“We need to come up with a professional response, it needs to come from anger and frustration but we need the channel that in the right way,” he said. 

“Derby got beaten 3-0 at Fulham and they will be looking for a response and so will we so it will be two teams very eager to correct what they see as poor performances. 

“I thought the red card was very harsh and it was a yellow for me but we dealt with that for 30 minutes – so there’s no excuse for the last ten minutes. 

“I’m the manager and I am accountable – we know our own professional standards and we have to embrace them – now it’s about responding.”

The 4-0 scoreline was bad enough but Warburton acknowledged his own responsibility to the fans as their disappointing run at Loftus Road continues. 

“When we have a bad result at home and you see the stands empty with five minutes to go that is the most depressing sight for me,” he added. 

“There are no boos ringing out those fans have spent money and we have a responsibility to the supporters. 

“The support has been tremendous for us from the first game – there’s no doubt we want them to enjoy their away trips too but the home support has been fantastic.”