There should be no worries about Rovers’ suitability for the fight ahead, insists Paul Dickov.
A disappointing 1-0 defeat at bottom side Yeovil, plus wins for the other two sides in the bottom three, left Rovers just three points clear of the drop zone and squarely in the relegation dogfight.
Another crunch clash awaits this weekend when Rovers travel to a Bournemouth side in danger of becoming embroiled in the battle against the drop themselves.
Dickov says while the battle ahead may not be a pretty one, his side are more than capable of scrapping for their Championship lives.
“We’ve got the bit between our teeth and we know what we need to do,” Dickov said.
“We’re very confident without being over-confident.
“It’s not always going to be pretty but we know we’ve got players who can dig in, fight and scrap.
“If we have to play football we can do that as well.”
Though the healthy margin Rovers opened up has been eroded, and sides below them have up to three games in hand, Dickov says Rovers remain ‘on track’ for survival.
He has estimated the points total it will take to survive this term but will not be revealing that any time soon.
He said: “We’re on track.
“We’d have liked to have more points on the board but there’s probably not a club in the country who would say any different. As a staff we’ve got an idea of what it’s going to take.
“I’ll let everyone know if we were right at the end of the season.”
Theo Robinson is likely to make his return to the squad this weekend after illness prevented him from making his long-awaited comeback at Yeovil.
Gabriel Tamas should also make the trip to Bournemouth having sat out last weekend’s game with a hamstring issue.