IT WAS a bit disappointing to throw away a two goal lead like that, writes Simon Garner.

I could always see Wigan get backing in to the game because they are a good team but a third Rovers goal would really have killed it off.

The first half Rovers were very good and scored two great goals. They took the game to Wigan and whether they were nervous in the second half I don’t know, but they let Wigan back in to it.

I think the players will have been a bit down but they didn’t get beat, they still put a point on the board and although the other teams have games in hand, Rovers have the advantage.

I think it is right what Tony Mowbray has said throughout the season about trying to average two points a game.

I remember playing at Wycombe under Martin O’Neill and he had the same philosophy.

Rovers are on target for that and if they can get another 20 points and don’t go up then I would be shocked.

I always thought Rovers would take a while to get used to the division and they probably did quicker than I expected.

After a few poor results early on they have responded well and they have put the pressure on the teams around them.

Wigan and Shrewsbury will both face hectic schedules. Wigan probably have the squad to deal with it but Shrewsbury I am not sure. You keep thinking they will crack under the pressure but they still haven’t gone anywhere and that’s every credit to them.

Every game between now and the end of the season will be tough, but I think Rovers are good enough to handle that pressure.

This weekend sees a return to Ewood Park for former boss Gary Bowyer. He has done his credentials no harm at all with the job he has done at Blackpool.

I have said before in this column that he did a great job at Blackburn under huge pressure and praised him most weeks.

He has walked in to two jobs that are as difficult as they come and has handled them both so well.

He has managed to keep all of the off-field troubles away from the players and it must be a 24/7 job for him.

He has to prepare his teams ready for each game as well as deal with everything that is going on in the background.

It must be really tough but I have nothing but praise for him.

They are on a decent run and he will have them up for the game and it certainly won’t be an easy game for Rovers.

But they have to take it one game at a time and look to get a result in every match.