QPR boss Mark Warburton has urged his charges to replicate their impressive away form back on home soil, ahead of a crunch clash with play-off hopefuls Blackburn Rovers this weekend. 

The Rs are unbeaten on the road since early December, while a 2-0 win at Luton on January 12 sparked an ongoing run of three consecutive victories in the league away from Loftus Road. 

A 1-0 defeat to Derby back in west London on January 23 marked QPR’s latest home shortcoming, with their last victory in familiar surroundings coming against Rotherham way back in November. 

Having seen his side overcome Watford 2-1 on Monday, Warburton is confident this Saturday’s clash represents the perfect opportunity to end their dismal spell at home, where they have recorded just three wins in 12 matches so far this season. 

But the 58-year-old has no doubt that a clash with Rovers promises a stern test, with Tony Mowbray’s eighth-placed men currently nine spots ahead of QPR in the table, and well in the mix for the top six. 

“We let ourselves down against Derby, because we wanted to make it ten points out of 12,” Warburton said. “We were a bit heavy-legged due to the fixture congestion, but we’ve got to be better than that. 

“But we then went and got a good result at Watford, and everything we do between now and the game against Blackburn will be geared towards getting a positive result. 

“We’ll need to show the same quality in the box that we did on Monday [at Watford] to finish our chances. We went to Blackburn earlier this season and were guilty of missing two or three big chances. We can’t do that at the weekend. 

“Blackburn go about their work under the radar. They have a tremendous squad put together by Tony Mowbray, who is an outstanding manager, and they are very dangerous opponents.”

One man looking to aid QPR’s bid to avenge their 3-1 defeat to Blackburn in the sides’ last meeting in November is midfielder Sam Field, who joined on loan from West Brom late on transfer deadline day. 

The 22-year-old has featured three times for the Baggies in the Premier League this season, and Warburton is confident his arrival could prove key to QPR firing up the league in the second half of the campaign. 

Warburton added: “We’ll see how Sam gets on in training. He’s very talented, has good physicality, puts a foot in but can also play and has a good range of passing, too. 

“He’s come here to play games - that’s what he wants to do - and there will also be people here keen to protect their shirts, which is only positive for us.”