Corry Evans has credited the change in mentality at Rovers, created by boss Tony Mowbray, for the turnaround in fortunes.

Rovers have begun the season with just two defeats in their opening 12 games which leaves them 10th in a tightly packed Championship table.

Mowbray won 22 points from his 15 matches in charge in 2016/17, before guiding Rovers to promotion from League One last term.

And midfielder Evans has praised the work of the boss for bouncing back from relegation at the first attempt last season and maintaining that momentum this term.

The 28-year-old said: “He has brought fresh blood in to the club, changing the way we play, playing on the front foot and getting the fans behind us, it’s all coming together.

“Winning games breeds confidence and I think that’s what’s happened under the manager and he’s experienced enough to be able to do that.

“We’ve carried on from last season and we’re disappointed that we’re not a bit higher in the league.

“The manager changed the mentality when he came in and after relegation to change in to winning games again and get in to our groove, we were flying and went on the long unbeaten run.

“We’ve managed to carry that in to this season and lost twice in 12 which is a decent start.”

Evans may have seen his run of 20 consecutive league starts for Rovers end in the win at Bolton on Saturday but the Northern Ireland international has enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign.

He is currently away on international duty with his country as he looks to add to his 48 caps in a Nations League double header against Austria on Friday and Bosnia on Monday.

Evans, Rovers’ longest serving player having joined in the summer of 2013, is glad to be plying his trade once again in the second tier, and feels he has coped well.

“It’s been all right,” he said of his own performances.

“As a whole we’re finding our feet again and personally it’s nice to be playing back in the Championship.

“It’s a level I feel comfortable at and I think I have done okay so far.”