Mowbray admits Rovers are in need of fresh faces in the January transfer window to help ‘strengthen things up’.

Youngster Joe Grayson was drafted in on the bench for the win over West Brom with Rovers without three senior defenders because of injuries.

Rovers arrested a run of three straight defeats with victory against the Baggies, but the recent form hasn’t affected Mowbray’s plans for the winter window.

The boss is keen to see some fresh faces arrive at Ewood Park in preparation for the final 20 games of the season, with Rovers sitting 15th in the table.

He said: “If we can come out of this transfer window stronger than we go in to it, then great. But I don’t go in to it thinking we’re going to replace any of these players. We’re going to try and recruit players who we feel will help them along the way.

“But the bare facts were that young Grayson had to be on the bench because we 17 senior players and I drafted Grayson in to come and sit on our bench.

“That’s where we are, we need some players to strengthen things up. We need to get some back off the treatment table of course.”

Asked if new signings this month would be a lift to everyone at the club, Mowbray added: “If you’re the centre forward and I bring a centre forward then it might not give you a lift!”

Rovers made seven signings in the summer, and will hope to keep hold of one of them, Southampton loanee Harrison Reed, until the end of the season.

A decision on another, Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer, who has started 10 of Rovers’ 26 league matches, is yet to be made.

Mowbray has continued to stress that he doesn’t want to see any players leave the club this month, so new signings would be to supplement, rather than replace, his current squad who, for the most part, have adapted to life in the Championship well.

Keen to keep improving however, Mowbray added: “I really like this group of players, their desire, passion, emotion, togetherness, is second to none to any team I’ve managed in 15 years.

“I’m not sitting there thinking I need to replace six or seven of them, we will try and bring in some competition so then they have to raise their game to get in front of them, or find themselves falling off the end of the train as we move forward.”