Rovers relish tough run

‘Bring them on.’ That is the message Brian Horton has for the Championship’s leading sides with Rovers’ tough run of games set to continue after the international break.

Rovers have played seven of the division’s top nine sides already, far from disgracing themselves with a string of solid performances and impressive results.

First up after the break is another top nine outfit in Reading.

And assistant boss Horton says everyone at the club is relishing the current challenge.

“It’s fantastic,” he said.

“This is a great division to play in.

“Obviously the pinnacle is the Premier League and that’s the aim for future years.

“But there’s nothing like playing the top sides in this division.

“The atmosphere against Forest and Leicester was superb.

“And now we’re going to Reading, another top ground and another top team.

“If these players can’t enjoy going places like that and playing at this level, they shouldn’t be here.

“But the lads are enjoying it, they are relishing it and they are building a great reputation.

“That’s all down to some really good performances against the top sides and we’re expecting another one on Saturday.

“We’ve played a lot of top sides and come out with a lot of credit.”

The international break has not meant rest and relaxation time for the Rovers squad with Paul Dickov planning what he termed a mini pre-season.

The players were granted a few days off over the weekend but it came after a repeat of the hard running of the summer.

But Horton says the lack of a game to prepare for has allowed the players to relax somewhat over the past week.

He said: “They’ve been able to enjoy training because that game hasn’t been imminent.

“But it’s been hard, we’ve not just given them a week off.

“But the response we’ve had from day one from them has been fantastic.

“They’re a great bunch to work with.”