Gary Bowyer has warned supporters not to get carried away with the superb start to the year that Blackburn Rovers have made.
Blackburn followed up a strong Championship win at Leeds United at the turn of the year by holding FA Cup favourites Manchester City to a third round 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Scott Dann’s leveller cancelled out Alvaro Negredo’s opener before the break.
However, Bowyer is keen to not get carried away as they prepare for their next test - the welcoming of Doncaster Rovers to Ewood Park.
“The biggest thing now is to guard against the expectancy level – we can’t get carried away,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“The Championship is a very difficult league and now we’ve got a tough game, Doncaster, coming up.
“So the message to the supporters would be – let’s not get carried away. Enjoy it by all means but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
That same message will have no doubt been drummed into his players ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash.
Blackburn lost at the Keepmoat back in August when strikes from James Husband and Theo Robinson condemned the Lancashire outfit to a 2-0 defeat.
However, confidence is flying high within the Blackburn camp and victory at the weekend could move them into the top six for the first time this season providing other results also go their way.
Bowyer said: “There is an air of excitement among the players.
“They’re developing nicely but we’ve just got to make sure that we pull them back down to earth after the City game and start improving again.”