Neil Warnock has been warned he will be welcomed then 'whupped' on his return to Loftus Road tomorrow.

Warnock, who managed QPR between 2010 and 2012, as well as a spell as caretaker boss in 2015, brings his Cardiff side to W12 for what is sure to be a highly-charged Championship clash.

And while current boss Ian Holloway insists the Rs remains grateful for what he done for the club while manager, that won't stop them trying to send him back to Wales with his tail between his legs.

Holloway said: “He's a QPR boy as well isn't he? So thanks for what you done, but we want to whup you if we can. We would obviously love to welcome Neil back, but also to beat him, and that's what I'm trying to do.

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“Cardiff have done brilliantly under Neil. They've got six points on us, and we want to claw them back. They're in a good vein of form, but we're in a better vein of form than we have been for a while, so hopefully we can take that into this game.

“He's inherited a squad which were used to losing and changed their attitude, which is what Neil does all the time, and what he's done all his career. They needed it, as they were in the bottom two when he took over.

“You've got to have discipline. That's what Neil does and it's what I've tried to do here – what you do is do what I say, and if you don't like it you can go. It's all very simple really. It will be tough, you have got to earn it when you play Neil's teams.

“Similar to us, they threw a lot of money at it to stay in the top division. Did we spend it wisely? You've just got to go back to the grassroots. He will see what we do and try to stop us, but it's a game we're looking forward to so we can get over the last one.”

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The Rs' last outing saw them take the lead at Preston and play well enough to deserve something from the game, but ultimately go down 2-1 at Deepdale.

Holloway added: “The lads were all disappointed that they didn't live up to the standards they have set themselves these last few weeks. We let a goal in from a set play, which we haven't done in a long time.

“But we'd have taken six points out of nine in that week, and that's what we've got to try to do again to keep that optimistic feeling going. You have setbacks in football, but it's been really good this week, and the lads are in a good place.”