Mark Warburton wants his QPR players to show they have learned their lessons after ‘letting themselves down’ against Barnsley last week.

The Rs make the short trip east to Charlton on Saturday lunchtime, bidding to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Barnsley as the Championship resumed last weekend.

Warburton’s side currently sit seven points adrift of the play-off spots and with eight games remaining, he is calling on his players to show what they’re made of at The Valley.

“We let ourselves down [last weekend] – the data doesn’t lie,” he said.

“The data was down and we delivered a first-half performance which was way below what we know is acceptable for us as a group.

“As a team, as a squad, we didn’t do enough to win the three points, which is something we certainly should have done.

“The boys are a very good squad. They care, they want to win, they’re professionals and the attitude this week has been good. 

“They’ve trained hard. The weather has obviously been very warm, but the attitude has been first class.

“We’ve got a job to do. We’re also not mathematically safe, so we have to approach the game appropriately and with respect for our opponents.

“We have to go there with a statement of intent to rise to meet the obvious challenge and deliver a good level of performance.”

QPR are boosted by the return of experienced defender Geoff Cameron, who was absent against Barnsley owing to a one-game suspension.

The 34-year-old recently signed a one-year contract extension at Loftus Road, having played 48 times since joining from Stoke in July 2019.

The Rs can cut the gap on sixth-place to just four points - if other results go their way - with a win at The Valley and with the USA international back in their squad, boss Warburton reckons they have every chance.

“It’s a big lift,” he added.

“Geoff has got experience, he’s got physicality and he’s got quality. He not only provides us with quality and leadership on the pitch, but gives us vital experience in the dressing room.

“The older guys like Geoff understand the league and know what it takes to win games in difficult situations.

“Geoff plays a great mentoring role for us and is a key member of the squad. I’m looking forward to welcoming him back.”