Adam Wharton reckons Rovers haven’t picked up as many points as their performances have deserved at Ewood Park this season – and is eager to put that right when Watford come to town.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men have lost six home games in the league this season – as many as they did in the entirety of last term.

On several of those occasions, the performances have been there but Rovers haven’t managed to take their chances in the final third.

“We have lost games that we probably shouldn’t have,” said Wharton. “I think that is something we can do better at as a team.

“Even if it is getting a draw instead of losing, it is an extra point and you are taking something from the game.

“I think we have been playing good football and the results haven’t been going our way. But that is football and it is not necessarily about how you play, it is what you get out of games.

“Sometimes we haven’t played well but got the result. If we can turn some of those losses into draws, it will make a massive difference come the end of the season.”

Rovers have slipped to 11th in the Championship table but are still within five points of the play-off places.

Wharton is keen to go one step further than last season, having missed out on a top-six finish by the slimmest of margins, but insists the squad will continue to take each game as it comes over the Christmas period.

“Being so close last year, and even the year before, we are always striving to get better and the next step is to get in the play-offs,” he added.

“It is a long season, we are roughly halfway through. We have just got to keep working hard, grinding out results and hopefully we are in and around it.

“The Championship is so unpredictable, you have seen that anyone can beat anyone really. I think it is a bit early to predict where we will finish.

“We just have to take each comes as it comes and hopefully we are around it come the end of the season.”

Wharton has also got a taste of international football this season, making his debut for the England Under-20 squad.

It was a valuable experience for the highly-rated midfielder, who is determined to keep improving his game.

“It is really enjoyable,” he smiled. “I think it is a different environment to the Championship, which is always good.

“You can test yourself and try to adapt to different situations. It is a great feeling to represent your country and see how you can perform at that level.

“They are different types of games and I think you see that with the England senior team – it is completely different to the Premier League and what you see week in, week out.”