TONY Mowbray is looking to ‘find a formula’ that will see Rovers pick up enough points at home to achieve their promotion aim.

Mowbray will take charge of his eighth game at Ewood Park as Rovers boss this afternoon, having picked up 12 points from his previous seven.

Rovers have lost just once in front of their own fans under Mowbray, but the boss felt three draws was too many as they looked to stave off relegation. But he is aiming to get off to a winning start when Rovers welcome Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster to town this afternoon (3pm).

“I think it is important we try and get off on the right foot and we try and make our home record really strong this year,” Mowbray said.

“We only lost one last year in the period I was at the club but probably drew too many.

“We need to find a formula I think that is going to allow us to pick up a lot of points at home this year. If you’ve got aspirations of trying to get out of this division then you are going to pick the majority of points up at home. So our hope is to be strong and to be positive.

“Against Doncaster, they’ve got another experienced manager.

“His teams will play football and they’ll give you problems playing between the spaces that you leave.

“So it is a dangerous game but one that we have to be positive in, to go and attack and make sure that we get off on the right foot at home this season. Let’s look forward to it, let’s get the season started.”

Rovers were beaten on the opening day at Southend and will be looking to get their first three points in the league against newly-promoted Doncaster.

Mowbray believes it will take time for new signings to gel, and his players to be accustomed to the new level of football. And he is certainly not getting carried away by the Roots Hall defeat.

He added “Judge us after 10 or 12 games.  You don’t get carried away after one game.

“We will look to sign more players, they will have to adapt to the division, not to the way we’re looking to play.

“There were spells in pre-season where we functioned really well and yet we weren’t allowed to.

“We have to find a way to win and we didn’t get the result, the performance was scrappy, the opposition imposed a style that meant we couldn’t find our fluency which is ok, because if we learn from it then we will get better as we go.”