Adam Armstrong is focusing on his performances, not position, as he looks to keep up his recent good form.

Armstrong could well be a victim of the era he’s operating in, used as a ‘wide striker’ rather than an out-and-out goal-poaching No.9.

That hasn’t stopped him being among the goals, with three in his last four matches for Rovers taking him to a half century in his career.

That is a ratio of one in four, given the QPR defeat was his 200th of his professional career spread across six different clubs.

Armstrong has largely operated from the right and left flanks since joining Rovers, initially on loan, in January 2018 but has been given fleeting opportunities as the central striker.

Asked whether he still considers himself as a centre forward, the 22-year-old said: “I’ve always been a striker, but there have been times in my career where I have played wide. I’ve not been stuck there, I’ve been in and out.

“I’m playing well, I’m enjoying it.

“No matter where I play, we’ve got a good squad and it’s performances that matter and I feel like I’ve been doing that in the last couple of games and that’s what I’ve got to do, keep my levels high.”

Armstrong had scored just once in 26 appearances since being named Championship player of the month for January before his recent run in front of goals which saw him score against Reading, Nottingham Forest and QPR.

He never lost faith, despite his barren run, and has become a key component in the side, featuring all but one matches since signing permanently last summer.

In days gone by he would likely have been the speedy striker to accompany a target man, but conceded: “That’s changed now, it’s rare now you get two out-and-out strikers.

“That’s something that’s changed but I’m here now and I have to play what’s put in front of me.

“We changed the formation coming through at Newcastle, from what I remember it wasn’t two up front, it was either 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.

“That’s what we’ve been used to, you have to adapt to different formations, teams are smart now and mix it up.

“You look at all the tactics that are in the game now, Monday Night Football, everyone is on to everything and you have to be able to adapt and that’s what the lads are used to.

“As a manager, you want decisions to make, people working hard and competing for places.”

Darting in from the flanks, Rovers look to utilise Armstrong’s pace in behind, demonstrated perfectly by his goal against Nottingham Forest last week.

But Armstrong admits he is just as comfortable receiving the ball to his feet, and says finding that balance with his team-mates is something he is looking to build on.

He added: “I have had that all my career, being quick it’s been about getting in behind.

“I feel comfortable with the ball at my feet, I know I can play that style, and it works both ways.”