Rovers spent 157 days inside the Championship’s top six, only to miss out when it mattered most.

A 132-day consecutive run came to an end in April, with Rovers ending the season in eighth place after victory on the final day at Birmingham City.

Rovers spent only three days, but never finished a round of fixtures, outside of the top half, a feat bettered by only Bournemouth, as per a graphic by Experimental361.

Their lowest league position of 13th was also only bettered by Bournemouth, who didn’t drop below eighth at any point of the season.

Rovers’ most common league position was shared between third and fourth, with 42 days each, with 157 days in all spent inside the top six.

They never managed to be top of the Championship, but were in the automatic promotion places for 25 days, with 42 for third and fourth respectively, 11 days in fifth and 37 in sixth.

Rovers eventually finished eighth, a position they held for 36 days.

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United were paired together in the play-offs, but had quite the journey to get there.

Forest finished in fourth spot, but a season of two halves saw them spend more time in the relegation zone (46 days) than the play-off spots (35), but were within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots with two games to play.

Such was Forest’s rollercoaster season that they spent at least a day in 21 of the 24 league positions.

The Blades meanwhile finished the regular season in fifth, having at no point been any higher in the league.

Millwall ended up in ninth, but could have still made the play-offs heading into the final day, that despite having not been in the top six at any stage of the season.

They were one of only eight teams in the league who didn’t spend any time in the six places.

Despite the sense of Rovers missing out, West Brom (179) and QPR (175) finished below Rovers in the final standings, but did spend more time occupying the top six places.

Stoke City spent 116 days inside the top six, but finished the season in 14th.

Victory on the opening day against Swansea City, their first in 11 years, saw Rovers finish the opening weekend in fourth spot.

Five of their first 10 matches saw them finish inside the top six, but Rovers’ main run in the top six started with victory at Stoke City on matchday 20 and stayed until matchday 37.

They managed to occupy a play-off spot only twice in 2020/21, both in September, and never in 2019/20.

Victory over Derby County moved them back into fourth, albeit temporarily, and while Rovers hung onto their play-off spot heading into the March international break, they never recovered from the 2-2 draw at Coventry City.

They dropped to ninth after defeats to Stoke City and Bournemouth, but back-to-back away wins to finish the season saw them close on 69 points, their second-most in the Championship since relegation from the Premier League 10 years ago.

Fulham finished the season as champions, spending 178 days top of the pile, and were one of only four teams to lead the way at any stage of the season.

West Brom spent 12 days at the top of the table, while Hull City had seven.

A tough season for Peterborough United saw them fail to spend a single day in the top half of the table, and only 67 outside of the relegation places.

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