QPR boss Mark Warburton can’t wait to tackle the challenge of promotion contenders Watford as his side look to continue a recent upturn in form.

The R’s have taken seven points from their last four games to move four clear of the relegation places in 19th but now travel to a Watford side who are unbeaten in their last four games and sit just three points off the automatic promotion spots.

Not that Warburton is put off by the clash, and he believes his side have the ability to get a result should they impose their will on the game early.

“They have an excellent home record, a very talented squad of players, strength in depth and we recognise and respect all of that. We have to prepare as best we can," he explained.

“We know we’ll have to go there and be very good but, at the same time, if we can impose ourselves and be dominant then we have the ability to move the football well. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The contest could see new signing Stefan Johansen, signed on loan from Fulham until the end of the season, make his R’s debut in midfield.

Especially in the absence of Tom Carroll, who is set to miss three months of action after tearing knee ligaments against Luton in January, Warburton sees the 30-year-old Norwegian playing a key role over the coming fixtures.

“Stefan comes here as a proven player, the captain of Norway with 55 caps, a couple of promotions under his belt and he knows the division very well,” he added.

“He has a vast amount of experience and is a very talented footballer. It’s as simple as that. For us, we were very pleased to get him.

“We’ve lost Tom Carroll, who has great experience and provides us with great, left-sided delivery and is very comfortable on the ball.

“Stefan replicates that; he can drop deep to pick up the ball or receive it higher up the pitch and likes to get onto the end of things by making runs into the box as well. To have that flexibility was key and Stefan ticked every box for us.”

The R’s have also brought in Charlie Austin and Jordy de Wijs but, with the window slamming shut tonight at 11pm, the QPR boss is not adverse to adding further reinforcements to his squad should the right player materialise.

Warburton added: “If someone becomes available who we think is right for us and we think we can access – and it represents value for the club – then absolutely we will do that.

“January is notoriously difficult for representing value and we don’t want to be a club that is ‘reaching’ for players, if that makes sense.

“Players we target need to have something that we don’t currently possess and represent good value for the club.”