ROVERS head in to the international break in the bottom three, but unbeaten under Tony Mowbray, and I think they are doing all right, writes Simon Garner.

They are seven games unbeaten, but then again there have been five draws within that.

I’m sure Tony Mowbray would swap that unbeaten record for more points on the board.

The difference between one point and three at this stage of the season is massive.

What the unbeaten run will do though is give the players that bit of extra confidence going in to the final eight game of the season.

Being in the bottom three when you aren’t losing games is more difficult to take, it is a different feeling to when you are losing games such as Wigan and Rotherham.

You wouldn’t imagine, although it would be great if they could, that they are going to remain unbeaten between now and the end of the season.

But if was to be eight draws, then they would probably be as good as down.

They have to try and turn these draws in to wins.  And if they are to lose, it will be important as to how they react to that.

Teams around them such as Bristol City and Wolves appear to be finding a bit of form, which is worrying, but there are still enough points and games to play for.

Rovers have both of those teams, and Nottingham Forest still to play, but it is still just as important as to what they do in your other games as well.

Rovers have got to try and go in to those games against the sides around them in the table above them if they can.

They have some tough games coming up at Brighton and Reading, but as we keep saying, the bottom teams can beat the top teams – who would have expected Wolves to go to Fulham on Saturday and win, and Rovers to do the double over Newcastle?

They will go in to the game as underdogs, and all the pressure will be on Brighton and Reading.

The game on Saturday against Preston, it was unlucky to concede so late on but we always used to say that 2-1 is one of the most dangerous scorelines.

It leaves you thinking do you shut up shop and try and hold out, or do you go all out and try and get a third goal and rely on your back four to keep them out. It is a tough one for a manager.

The international break will be good for the players to re-charge the batteries because it has been a long season and a tough season.

At this time of the season the players will be tired, and it will give some of them a chance to get over any niggling injuries.

Players are all super fit nowadays, but with the games coming thick and fast, they do need a break.