Tony Mowbray says Bristol City have shown great progress in recent seasons ahead of Saturday's encounter at Ashton Gate.
The Robins have been flying high towards the top of the Championship this season following a fine start to the campaign under Lee Johnson, but go into this weekend's clash on the back of a surprise home defeat to Millwall on Tuesday night.
But looking at the infrastructure of the club, Mowbray admits he admires the work that has gone on at Ashton Gate and acknowledges that it's a tough test for his side against another play-off chasing team.
“I think Bristol City are a club that are growing," he said ahead of this weekend's game.
“I speak a lot about trying to grow Blackburn Rovers and I think Bristol City are a club that have grown over the last four or five years in particular.
“Their squad seems to get stronger despite not spending millions and millions of pounds on the team.
“They spent money on the stadium and the atmosphere that the fans generate is a massive boost for them.
“They have good players and they must have some money to get Kasey Palmer on a permanent deal, because everyone knows how much he was on at Chelsea.
“Lee’s grown the team. His dad managed the club before and there’s a legacy there," he added.
“They have some good footballers and it’s a dangerous game for us, up against the Weimanns, the Brownhills, Diedhiou up front, Kalas at the back.
“It’s the next challenge for us and it’s one we’re looking forward to."