Bristol City boss Lee Johnson says he has full respect for the job Tony Mowbray has done at Rovers with an ‘honest group of players’.

The Robins arrive at Ewood Park sixth in the Championship after an excellent run of form, including seven consecutive wins in all competitions.

Johnson’s side inflicted a first defeat of the season on Rovers at Ashton Gate in September, but he has been impressed with the way they have acclimatised to life back in the Championship after promotion.

The City boss believes it will take a performance similar to that in the 2-0 win against Swansea last weekend to come away from Ewood Park with another positive result as they aim to extend their unbeaten run.

“I really respect Blackburn and the work that’s been done there,” Johnson said.

“Obviously they went down from the Championship and bounced back very quickly under Tony Mowbray.

“You can tell that they’re a very honest group of players, like our boys, and I think it will be a really honest game. The game at home was very, very close up till we scored the second goal. Then when they started chasing the equaliser, we scored at good times.

“They’ve obviously got the strike force of Graham and Dack who are very good players and scoring goals and causing teams problems.

“It’s our job to go with the same attitude that we showed in the Swansea game and if that happens, then I’m sure that we’ve got enough quality to go and create chances and then it will be on the day whether or not we’re good enough to take the points.”

Kasey Palmer played 17 times for Rovers in the first half of the season before the Chelsea attacker switched loan clubs last month and scored on his City debut.

“He wants to start every game and it’s difficult to pick a balanced team at the moment because all my flair players are in form,” he told Bristol Live.

“I think that’s a real positive but it also makes it tough.

“Now we’ve got six games in 21 days and I have made it clear to the squad that there will be some rotation, or a level of rotation there, but it doesn’t mean we’re not going out to win every single game.

“It’s a really tough game, we’re going to need everybody and the support that we’ve had particularly away from home in recent games, to continue that run, but that’s what we’ll try and do.”