Rovers boss Tony Mowbray wants his side to take their play-off push down to the wire.

They sit six points outside of the top six, with 18 games to play, and have played one match less than sixth-placed Preston.

Up to 10 teams will still harbour ambitions of trying to break in to the play-off pack heading in to the final third of the season, with Rovers’ hopes boosted by an emphatic win over Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Just two points separate them from 14th-placed QPR, but Mowbray wants his side to continue looking up having reached the 40-point mark.

He said: “As the top two seem to be coming back in to the pack we have to make sure we’re in that pack as the season unfolds.

“And as we get down to single figure games it would be great to be around the pack and give ourselves our best possible chance.”

It was a day to forget in the reverse fixture with Rangers, as Rovers lost 4-2 and also saw Greg Cunningham sustain a season-ending injury.

“The defending was really poor that day,” Mowbray said.

“We lost two defenders in that day, Cunningham for the season, something that doesn’t get mentioned a lot, but someone who was playing very, very well for us. Lenihan came off that day as well.

“When we analysed some of the goals that day the defending was really poor.

“We scored two goals, but we have to be mindful they have some talented individuals.

“We watched them on the tele in Portugal, Eze, Chair, Osayi-Samuel, very talented individuals, and we have to be mindful of their strengths.”

He added: “But we have accentuate our strengths and impose ourselves on the game and it’s a great chance to keep the points tally ticking along.”