The squad should have worked hard enough over the last fortnight that preparation for the visit of Millwall is almost total, writes Simon Smith.

Rovers tend to struggle to break down the more resilient teams at home despite the flair they possess in attacking positions.

The temptation to go gung-ho is tempered by the knowledge that when we are caught on the break we struggle terribly.

The starting line-up for Saturday is, as yet, as much of a mystery as ever.

So many players seem worthy of a start and yet when they are granted one they fail to deliver the goods.

Consistency is one thing that has been lacking in the last 15 months despite some excellent performances.

For each exciting display that has us looking up the table and whetting our appetite for the next game there is usually a dud served up that leaves us with ashes in our mouths and casting a worried glance at the lower reaches of the division.

Even last January’s fierce blast of an unbeaten run was followed by a sobering whimper from too many barren days.

Except for one or two teams at either end, this division is much of a muchness and one settled side playing incisive football will cut a swathe through the draws and be competing for the top spots.

There is no reason this can’t be Blackburn Rovers. I’m not so deluded that I expect the defensive frailties to suddenly cease and the back four to become behemoth super-stoppers.

And yet, all it takes is for errors to be forced from the opposition instead of bestowed upon them.

Fine margins win games in the Championship.

The players are there. A mix of experience and youth. Some will scoff and say we will finish closer to the bottom than the top. That’s a possibility.

But I’m tiring of negativity when players are still gelling and there is so much potential.

Focus on Saturday. Focus on cheering the lads to a win.

Enjoy the game. Think of how much you missed it last weekend and really get behind the Blue and Whites.