Warnock has admitted beating the very best teams in the Premier League is “a bit beyond” his side despite watching a gallant Cardiff City effort in defeat to Liverpool.
The Bluebirds enjoyed a purple at Anfield during the second half in which Callum Paterson pulled a goal back and the visitors threatened to level.
But ultimately Liverpool proved too strong, bringing Xherdan Shaqiri off the bench to put the game beyond doubt.
The defeat means Cardiff have played every one of the league’s top five this season and lost every on each occasion, but Warnock wasn’t too disheartened.
“It’s good that we can compete, we’re not just turning up for these games,” said Warnock.
“We’ll surprise a few of the lesser teams. The top four are a bit beyond us, although I was disappointed we didn’t beat Arsenal at home.”
On a day that saw Cardiff’s relegation rivals fail to muster a goal between them, Warnock was keen to look ahead to crucial home games against Leicester and Brighton.
“The rest of the season will be decided on what we do in the remaining games away from the top six,” he said.
“We’ve done well lately, we did well against Burnley, Tottenham away and Fulham last week.
“We’ve played all the top teams now apart from Man United and we haven’t really been pasted. But you don’t get them every week, the top five.
“It’s been hard for us against these teams. That little bit of quality catches you out and makes the difference.”
Warnock confirmed he removed Josh Murphy as a mere precaution with a view to those two upcoming home fixtures, so too Aron Gunnarsson.
Harry Arter was omitted from the matchday squad for the same reason after carrying a slight knock, though Warnock was also concerned the tough-tackling midfield man could pick up a fifth yellow card - and a suspension - at Anfield.