The mood in the QPR camp is as good as ever after victory over local rivals Brentford in midweek, and boss Mark Warburton is keen for that to continue against Bournemouth this weekend. 

The R’s have won five of their last six league matches heading into the weekend’s fixture at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, and will be looking to make it four wins on the spin when the Cherries come to visit on Saturday. 

Goals from debutant Sam Field and Charlie Austin helped turn the game around against the Bees on Wednesday night, with the hosts having gone behind to Ivan Toney’s early effort. 

And after that victory, which gives them an eight-point buffer above the Championship relegation zone, Warburton knows his side can’t rest on their laurels when Jonathan Woodgate’s side come to visit. 

“There’s nothing like a victory in a local derby against an opponent that’s flying high, and all of that came together on Wednesday, and the players deserve so much credit,” the Rangers boss said.  

“But you’re only as good as your last game, and now we’ve got to go to Bournemouth, so it was nice to beat Brentford but now we have to move on to another tough test. 

“You look at their squad, when you throw out names like [Jefferson] Lerma and [David] Brooks and [Jack] Wilshere, it’s not a bad squad, so we know that they’re a very talented outfit. 

“We know we face a very tough opponent, if we’re not at it tomorrow, if we’re not doing our jobs we’ll get hurt, because they have the quality in their ranks to hurt any team in the league.” 

Saturday’s clash with the Cherries kickstarts another hectic period for the Hoops, with that the first of a spell of nine matches in 28 days throughout February and March, as the Championship season reaches its crescendo. 

The quick-fire nature of the matches has caused a number of selection headaches for managers up and down the country of late, and Warburton is no different, as he tries to keep his squad fresh for the run-in. 

That means the QPR boss may be forced into rotating some of his players to prevent fatigue becoming a factor, with January signing Jordy de Wijs in line for his first taste of action in a blue and white shirt after the defender made the move from Hull City a month ago. 

Despite the back three of Rob Dickie, Geoff Cameron and Yoann Barbet performing admirably since the turn of the year with just two goals conceded from open play in their last seven league outings, Warburton may be inclined to shuffle his deck for Saturday’s match-up.   

There could also be a return to action for striker Macauley Bonne, who missed Wednesday’s win over the Bees through illness.

“You look at Norwich, it was a penalty, Watford was a penalty, the number of goals from open play have been very limited, the players have worked exceptionally hard on the training pitch,” the QPR boss said.

“Rob [Dickie], Geoff [Cameron] and Yoann [Barbet] have been outstanding, but we have go to look after them, we’ve got to look after every single player, with this run of games we can’t afford to lose three or four players.  

“[Jordy de Wijs] is very close, he trained well and had a good intense session for an hour, we’ll do some light session work before the game but he’s now ready. 

“Macca [Bonne] will be available, he had a sickness bug so he’s back now, George [Thomas] had a slight tweak so it’s probably come a day or two too early."