For each of the last three seasons Rovers had three players reach double figures for league goals.

Bradley Dack and Danny Graham topped the tree with 15 last season, with Dack also adding three more in the cup competitions as he matched his tally of 18 from the League One promotion campaign.

Graham ended 2017/18 with 17, narrowly missing out on the top scorer prize to his partner in crime.

Behind them in each of the last two seasons has been Charlie Mulgrew. The central defender netted 10 times last season, a mixture of corners, penalties and free kicks.

All of those were in the in the league, but still four fewer than the League One season.

With Mulgrew having spent the first half of the season out on loan and unlikely to feature heavily now he’s returned from Wigan, and Graham having more of a peripheral role this season, who’s the most likely to step up and replace those goals?

Adam Armstrong has eight goals this campaign, and looks set to finish as top scorer, sitting two behind Dack whose season was cruelly cut short by injury.

Nine of Dack’s goals came in the league, with Armstrong having netted seven times, and once from the penalty spot in the FA Cup tie at Birmingham.

That is already two more Championship goals than he managed in the whole of last season, but still one shy of his overall tally of nine from the last two seasons.

In their 46 league games last season, Rovers had 15 different goalscorers, but only four players managed more than three.

In the 28 so far this, they have 12 names on the scoresheet, with Dack and Armstrong the only ones to manage more than three.

Sam Gallagher’s strike at Sheffield Wednesday took him to that figure, and he has one more in the Carabao Cup to add to his name.

Lewis Holtby also reached that figure with his double at Sheffield Wednesday, the same number as Graham and Derrick Williams, as well as own goals, have achieved so far.

Tony Mowbray regularly points out the need for more of a goal return from Joe Rothwell, who despite plenty of promise in the final third, has scored just three times in 64 appearances (30 starts & 34 as a sub).

His one this season was a last minute winner against League Two side Oldham in the Carabao Cup, a game in which Stewart Downing opened his account for the club, going on to score twice more in the Championship since.

Rovers have reached the 28-game stage on the same number of points as last season, 40. They have however, managed three more goals, netting 17 in 14 home games and an impressive 23 in the same number of away fixtures for a combined total of 40.

That is the most number of points, and goals, Rovers have chalked up at this stage of any season since relegation from the Premier League.

It leaves them well placed to be last season’s points tally of 60, and number of goals (64), while their goals against column is currently looking healthier than at the same stage of the 2018/19 campaign, having conceded six fewer. They are now just three clean sheets shy of last season’s tally of 12.

Rovers have so far failed to score on four occasions, one fewer than at the same stage of last season.

Despite a perceived concern about goals, and the void left by Dack’s injury, Rovers’ goal return is actually quite favourable in terms of the rest of the league. They have outscored four teams above them, including fourth-placed Forest.

Below them, only Tuesday’s visitors QPR have managed more.

One area that will need to improve however is their goal return at Ewood. With 17 in 14 matches, they have only scored more than once on four occasions, a key reason behind the frustrating draws to Wigan, Birmingham and Preston.   

They drew blanks against Cardiff in August and Wigan in December, while goals against Birmingham and Middlesbrough, a 1-1 draw and 1-0 win respectively, both came from the penalty spot.

Those will need improvement if Rovers are to continue looking upwards, but if they needed any possible confidence boost heading in to the final 18 games, and Tuesday’s visit of QPR, plundering five goals at Sheffield Wednesday was the perfect tonic.

Double figure league scorers:

2018/19: 3 (Dack 15, Graham 15, Mulgrew 10)

2017/18: 3 (Dack, 18, Graham 15, Mulgrew 14)

2016/17: 2 (Graham 12, Gallagher 11)

2015/16: 1 (Rhodes 10)

2014/15: 2 (Rhodes 21, Gestede 20)

2013/14: 2 (Rhodes 25, Gestede 13)

2012/13: 1 (Rhodes 27)