Rovers' away day woes continued last night as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Birmingham. Two goals from Cameron Jerome put the Blues in control. Nelsen pulled one back to set up a frantic finish; however, Birmingham held on to record their fifth straight victory.
After the game, Rovers manager Sam Allardyce lamented his team's defending: "We expected Birmingham to come out all guns blazing and put us under the cosh," he said.
"We controlled the first 10 minutes but then gave them a first corner and decided to give them a goal.
"With the form and confidence that they are in at the moment, it was always going to be difficult to come back from that. But to gift them another one really killed us.
"Apart from those errors it is a toss of the coin as to who was the better side, but Birmingham were the ones who took advantage of their opportunities."
Rovers have now been dragged back into the relegation battle and face Tottenham at Ewood Park on Saturday.