Like every club in the Championship, Blackburn have endured their periods of inconsistency this season, leaving them spending a spell in the mid-table positions.
However, seven victories from nine outings have transformed Rovers’ campaign, moving the club to within six points of leaders Fulham just six weeks after they lost 7-0 to the same opponents.
Goals from Ben Brereton Diaz had initially kept Blackburn in contention for the playoffs, but it has been their defence which has really stood out in recent weeks.
Rovers have recorded four successive clean sheets, and almost seven hours have passed since Bristol City netted during the first half of the 1-1 draw on November 20.
With a favourable schedule in front of them, Tony Mowbray will expect his team to continue their current run, particularly with a struggling Birmingham side making the trip to the North-West.
Lee Bowyer will take the positives from Blues losing just one of their last four fixtures, but context is required when assessing the 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.
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Birmingham held a 2-0 advantage over the Bluebirds before their opponents rallied back to net a last-minute equaliser, costing the West Midlands outfit the chance to move within two points of eighth position.
Instead, Bowyer’s team are 15th and one of four teams level on the same points, and there is an acceptance that they need to improve on just five points being collected from six encounters.
Troy Deeney has now netted in successive games, taking his tally to four for the season, but leading marksman Scott Hogan has now not contributed in five appearances