IF I HEAR one more person say “yeah, four wins in a row is ok, but *deep sigh* the level IS worse than last year” then I am inventing a new implement based on medieval torture and the Taser, writes Simon Smith.

To win three away games without conceding at any level is worthy of applause.

Grinding out wins is what gets you success.

The win at Rochdale was fantastic; a great day out, a tremendous Rovers following, three goals and a seating plan straight from hell.

It was just like old times.

A trip further afield to unbeaten Scunthorpe offered less scope for merriment.

But this was the most important game since last month’s trip to Bradford City.

And once again, Rovers fought hard for the three points.

Let’s not be mistaken; last season against the same teams Rovers would have fumbled to a point at Spotland on Saturday and allowed themselves to be out-muscled and out-paced to defeat at Glanford Park on Tuesday.

The defence is still sometimes a little too wobbly but Rovers are playing teams that are in their second or third year of upwards development.

These teams are not cannon-fodder.

So the upturn in form of Rovers’ goalkeeper David Raya has been paramount.

His confidence must have taken a massive knock after the Doncaster Rovers debacle, but Tony Mowbray’s faith in him has given him some steel and he was on top of his game in both games in this last week.

The downside of all this - come on, I’m a Rovers fan - is that many will expect the lads to hand out a drubbing on Saturday to AFC Wimbledon.

Patience is always going to be important and if Rovers have to grind out another 1-0 win then we just have to cheer them on and help to take the strain.

Of course it should be that confidence is bubbling and the boys can’t wait to get on that field and earn the right to play flowing football at Ewood Park.

All us fans can do is get behind the Rovers like we have this week.

Enjoy watching our club.

Sing those songs and keep the faith. In Mowbray We Trust.