Danny Graham says Rovers are relishing their upcoming fixtures and is desperate to play his part in helping them back to winning ways.

Graham scored the winner to keep Rovers’ hopes of avoiding the drop alive when Rovers last faced Aston Villa at Ewood Park in April 2017.

Although Rovers were relegated the following week, despite a win at Brentford, they were promoted back to the Championship at the first attempt.

And a visit of Aston Villa, plus upcoming trips to Derby County and Stoke City, demonstrate just how big a leap from the third tier it will be for Rovers.

“You see the teams in this league; the Villas, the Stokes, the Middlesbroughs, I think we can be encouraged by our start to the season,” he said.

 “These sort of games make last season all worthwhile. It’s a little bit different to going to the likes of Rochdale, Fleetwood, no disrespect to them. Everyone is looking forward to the upcoming tests.”

 Graham’s place in the team is less secure than Rovers’ last campaign, with Tony Mowbray keen to rotate his attackers.

He started the defeat at Bristol City, and is usually among the starting line-up for most home fixtures.

The summer arrivals of Ben Brereton and Adam Armstrong will add extra competition for places, but Graham added: “I hope I’m in the team for the game. The gaffer told me at the start of the season that he would utilise the squad, rotate things and try to keep everyone fresh.

 “I’m getting used to that and I’ll be doing all I can to make sure I’m selected for the next game.

“Come 5.30pm on Saturday, hopefully I am named in the team.”

Rovers lost 4-1 at Bristol City prior to the two-week international break, while Aston Villa were beaten by the same scoreline at Sheffield United.

Both sides will be looking for a response in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Rovers look to maintain a 23-match unbeaten home run.

“Saturday will see two teams looking for a response and we’ll be doing all we can to make sure we do the business,” he told the club website.

 “Looking back, the Bristol City game wasn’t really a 4-1 game, but that’s the nature of the Championship, it comes back to bite you.

 “It came at the wrong time with the international break meaning we wouldn’t be playing for two weeks, but we’re all looking forward to putting things right on Saturday.”