ADAM Armstrong believes Blackburn Rovers’ win over Derby was another sign that they can be in the mix this season.

The 22-year-old’s fourth goal of the campaign, a fine strike just before the hour mark, handed Tony Mowbray’s side a fourth straight victory with a 1-0 win.

Rovers stayed 11th in the table but are now just two points shy of the play-off places in what is becoming and increasingly open race for the top six.

The three points against the Rams came thanks to a fine all-round team performance where the hosts should have won by a greater margin at Ewood Park, needing some individual brilliance from Armstrong to ensure they got over the line.

“I thought we were very good,” he said.

“I thought defensively we were very good, we passed the ball, it’s been much better in recent games.

“To get the three points it’s now four in a row which is great.

“The confidence is high at the moment.

“The boys are giving it everything every day and if we can keep putting in performances like that then I’m sure we’ll be right up there come the end of the season.”

A hectic schedule continues at Swansea on Wednesday night with another lengthy trip to Bristol City to come on Saturday with both sides also in the pack looking to seal a place in the end-of-season shoot-out come May.

Having kickstarted their campaign with three wins in seven days and backed it up against Derby, Rovers appear to be hitting form at just the right time.

“We know it’s a busy period heading into Christmas time,” said Armstrong, part of an unchanged side for the third game in a row on Saturday.

“We’ve got a great squad and anyone can fit in if need be.

“We’re flying at the minute and let’s hope we can keep it up.

“The next game is going to be tough again but we’ll just take every game as it comes as we’ve done recently and if we can put another performance in then we’ll be fine.”

Against the Rams, Armstrong was a frustrated figure in the first half as the hosts didn’t quite fire in the final third.

He then saw the best chance of the opening 45 minutes come and go on the stroke of half-time, denied by Ben Hamer after Lewis Travis had won back possession and played him in on goal.

But his moment would come, Corry Evans the provider this time with Armstrong lashing home a swerving effort from 20 yards.

“You’re always going to get chances as a striker. If I wasn’t creating them then I would be panicking,” said the forward, who hadn’t scored since getting three in four games in September and October.

“Since I’m creating them I’m confident they’ll come.

“You’ve just got to keep on going and I got my goal. I was always going to hit it and my touch was nice. I’ve done them before and I just thought I’d strike it.

“You try them every day in training and they come off now and then and it was obviously nice to hit the back of the net.  

“I think we felt we deserved the three points today so no matter who scored we would have deserved it.”