AFTER keeping seven clean sheets in their opening 15 league games, Rovers have kept just three in their following 16.

Their last came nine matches ago, in the Boxing Day win over Rochdale, after conceding twice in the first half for a second successive game at the weekend.

Boss Tony Mowbray is confident his players can address the issues, having done so with their susceptibility from set plays which hampered them over the Christmas and New Year period.

On the goals conceded, he said: “I put them down as not individual errors, but individuals will look at themselves and think they could have done more to stop the goals.

“A month ago we were sat here thinking that another set piece had gone in. We’ve worked really hard to stop that and I think we’ve only conceded three corners in the last four or five games never mind conceded a goal from them.

“We’ve tried to address that, yet the goals we’ve conceded have been where players have been isolated and not dealt with the trouble so it’s a bit frustrating.

“I don’t feel as if it’s an organisation issue that’s wrong.

“Looking back to the early part of the season we kept lots of clean sheets and won lots of games 1-0, just the way we set the team up we weren’t committing lots of men forward, weren’t pressing them high up, letting them have the ball.

“We had more men around our own box and not let players get isolated and then changed tact after the Oldham away game. The fact we’re pressing teams higher up the pitch has left back players a little bit more isolated and every now and then whether someone slips or doesn’t deal with an individual who’s particularly trick or fast it’s caused us to lose one or two goals.

“But if you’re scoring at the other end then you have to balance off with how you’re wanting to play.”