Boss Mark Warburton has set his QPR charges the target of a top-ten finish in the Sky Bet Championship, ahead of their Good Friday tussle against relegation-threatened Coventry. 

A run of just one defeat in five sees the R’s occupy 12th place in the table with nine games of the 2020/21 season remaining, just two points off London rivals Millwall two positions further up the ladder. 

Following the international break QPR now face a hectic run of fixtures that includes midweek trips to Rotherham and Swansea before the campaign’s end, and Warburton has urged his players to produce one last big push on the pitch. 

Having finished 13th on 58 points last year he believes eclipsing that effort would represent real progress, and would stand them in good stead ahead of a potential promotion push in 2021/22. 

“A top-ten finish would be very good for us, in terms of the number of changes we’ve had to make and a new squad coming together,” the 58-year-old said. 

“We’ve also lost players to long-term injury and the budget is where it is - we’re probably in the bottom five or six teams in the Championship in terms of budget. 

“A strong finish allows us to build for next year and, if we can retain the core of the squad - adding some quality, too - we can keep pushing on as a club. 

“We’ve got a manic run of fixtures now. There are five games in 14 days, with three long away trips in a row. 

“It places demands, but it’s a good challenge and we have to rise to it. It’s part and parcel of playing at this level.”

While confident in his side’s ability Warburton is wary of the threat posed by Mark Robins’ Coventry, who arrive at Loftus Road just four points off the drop zone. 

The QPR chief knows the Sky Blues will be hungry to fight for every ball and that his men will be up against it on home soil, but he is desperate for revenge following a 3-2 defeat in the reverse fixture back in September. 

Warburton added: “I remember the last game very well - we completely dominated the first half, got our noses in front but then gave away a really sloppy equaliser on the stroke of half-time. 

“From Coventry’s point of view, I expect the same again - a team who press and pressure very well, they are very organised and I enjoy watching them play. 

“They are a good footballing team and they are brave. Mark Robins, his staff and his team deserve a lot of credit and there’ll certainly be no lack of respect on our part.”