Tuesday’s humbling of Lancashire rivals Preston is the perfect springboard to inject some life into what has been an inconsistent start to the season, writes Tom Schofield.

When we have been at our best, we have been superb. This Rovers side can play some lovely football and at times it has been a real joy to watch.

The display on Tuesday was probably the most satisfying of the bunch, we haven’t had the best of times against Preston in recent seasons, so to beat them in that manner was brilliant to see.

We have been here before though, the good win against QPR was followed up with a draw against Luton, the same can’t happen against Barnsley on Saturday

Mowbray has set this side high standards and has proven that they can be met in fleets and flashes, what we now need is consistency.

I feel I need to take some time in this column speaking about Ben Brereton as well, his start to the season has been superb.

The amount paid for the former Nottingham Forest man is well publicised, he cost us a pretty penny and that meant he wasn’t afforded the time players of his age are often given.

To see him play with such confidence this season has been a breath of fresh air and is certainly one of the first names on Mowbray’s team sheet.

He looks a handful for defenders and puts in a superb shift defensively. He had a hand in all three goals against Preston, his qualities shining through.

Many, and I include myself in that bunch, had started to write him off as one of Rovers’ transfer mishaps, to have been proven wrong in such emphatic fashion is superb to see.

It is no secret that a run of games has helped his cause, but he has repaid the faith shown in him this season.

We entertain Barnsley on Saturday in who sit two places below us in the table, a win could put is withing touching distance of the top six - and what a sight that would be.