26/08/2011 18:20 +0100 – The R's return to the Premier League after a 15-year absence started in the worst possible manner when they were trounced 4-0 by Bolton at Loftus Road. However, the west Londoners recovered in style last weekend when Tommy Smith's solitary effort helped to secure three points at Goodison Park. Warnock's side went onto lose against Rochdale in the Carling Cup in midweek, but the R's boss believes there is a lot to build on. "It has given everybody a massive lift," he said of the Everton victory. "The first game was cruel. "With all the build-up and the way that we lost, it was a difficult week for us. "The club was changing hands, and we didn't know whether it was going to happen or whether it wasn't. "It was always touch and go so there were a lot of concerns in that respect. "There were also a lot of concerns that the players were a bit shell-shocked early in the week [after the Bolton result]. "Then there was the virus later in the week, which even this week we have still lost a couple to. "That is football, though. It never ceases to amaze you as we go and get a result like that at Everton. "And believe you me, it would not surprise me if Everton don't lose another game at home this season. They have got a great squad so it is a fantastic result. "It gives us a little bit of confidence and we know Wigan is going to be difficult, plus my old player Victor Moses is flying at the moment. "It will be a tough match but it is better to go in with the points on the board that we have got, knowing we have got two weeks and that we are going to bring in four or five good players." As Warnock alludes to, he is expecting a busy few days as the summer transfer window enters its latter stages. The former Sheffield United boss has cut a frustrated figure in the transfer market this summer, but Tony Fernandes' recent takeover of the club has boosted the coffers. Midfielder Joey Barton's move from Newcastle has been finalised on Friday afternoon, the 28-year-old signing a four-year contract. The club are also in talks with Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aston Villa full-back Luke Young, and have additionally been linked with West Ham forward Zavon Hines. "I have prioritised the players I want to bring in and where we need to improve," said Warnock. "We're trying to get the targets that we want in the areas that we want. "That's obviously not going to happen before the weekend but I am sure with the options that we have got in the different positions we will bring in four or five before [the deadline on] Wednesday night." He added: "There will be signings. I am working very, very hard. "Thankfully the family are away. Last night it was one o'clock in the morning speaking to agents and other people. "It is a difficult job. It is all right when you've got money but it is still difficult to get the right players into your squad in such a short space of time. "There is never a straightforward transfer and I have got to do five or six. "It is very difficult trying to do in seven or eight days what we should have done over 12 weeks."