Over the Christmas period, Blackburn were envisaging moving joint-top of the Championship table, aided by an outstanding run which has featured five successive victories.
However, approximately two hours before their fixture at Hull City on Boxing Day, the game was postponed due to coronavirus cases in the home team’s squad, a decision which naturally frustrated the visiting club.
Although Rovers have just three days to wait before their next outing, there was an inconvenience about the whole saga, a common trend up and down the country as the Premier League and EFL insist on trying to play as many games as possible.
Tony Mowbray will feel that he needs to use all of his experience to keep his players focused on the job in hand, particularly in defence as they look to prolong a run without conceding a goal which has now lasted in excess of 500 minutes.
Ben Brereton Diaz remains the star man for Blackburn, however, with the Chile international taking his tally for the season to 19 with a double versus Birmingham City last time out.
When taking into consideration that Brereton Diaz has scored four more league goals than Barnsley have netted all campaign, it highlights the size of the task ahead of the Tykes at Ewood Park.
Recently-appointed head coach Poya Asbaghi will feel that some progress is being made with draws being collected from games against Peterborough United, Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion.
Nevertheless, regardless of the inconsistencies of the teams above them, the odd win here and there is making it tougher for Barnsley to get out of trouble.
While Barnsley head into the turn of the year with difficult away games at Blackburn and Nottingham Forest, that cannot be used as an excuse in their bid to avoid slipping further away from 21st position