Rovers number of draws isn’t concerning Tony Mowbray who wants to see his side maintain their performance levels.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest was Rovers’ sixth of the season so far, and fourth in five home games.

But the boss said the performances and calibre of opposition have to be taken in to account, and although Mowbray feels Rovers should have more points than the 15 they do, he said: “I haven’t criticised the players once.

“If I thought there was one thing they were lacking on then I’d be working very hard on it.

“Their desire, work ethic, putting the game-plan in to action, as we saw against Forest, we had five or six clear-cut chances to score.

“It’s a bit frustrating for us but if we keep doing the right things for most of the time then we’ll keep getting chances.

“The pleasing thing for me, I have a monthly board in my office and we had Aston Villa, Derby County, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, all huge football clubs with huge ambitions, to come through that and not to have lost a game is good.

“But when I look at my board for this month we have Sheffield United, Bolton, who have had some amazing results, West Brom and Swansea both away from home back-to-back, every month is very difficult.

“We’re focusing on the next one and see if we can get a result and pick up the three points as we go along.”

Rovers are one of 10 teams in the division to have drawn four or more games in what is a particularly congested table.

And Mowbray added: “I’m not sure we have picked up as many points as we would have liked to, draws have been pretty common place.

“We would like more three points than one point, but like a lot of teams in this league, we’ve proven that when we turn up we’re more than a match for anybody.

“If you look at the results every week there are a lot of draws, the top two drew, the teams who you thought might go and pull away, it shows how difficult every game is.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t beat Forest at the weekend, you look at the chances when we debriefed the game, when you look at their clear-cut chances, it was a game we should have won but it slipped through our fingers. A really debatable penalty got them a point.”

Of the challenge of fourth-placed Sheffield United, League One champions in 2016/17m Mowbray added: “This is another opportunity for us.”

“Sheffield United are one of the stronger teams in the league. I think we find ourselves a year behind them, they got promoted the year before, in spending some money and building an impressive squad.”