Sam Gallagher believes playing out wide is no barrier to him being among the goals this season after getting off the mark in Rovers colours in midweek.

Gallagher came off the bench to bring Rovers back in to the game at Sheffield United with an excellent back post header, his first goal since a £5m permanent switch from Southampton.

The 23-year-old started the opening two league matches as the central striker but has found himself on the right wing in each of the last three Championship fixtures.

It is a role he is used to, having played there under Tony Mowbray during a loan spell at Ewood Park in the 2016/17 season. And he believes it could actually be a help not a hindrance in his quest for more goals.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I feel like if I’m out wide on the right then if we’re working the ball down the left then I’ve probably got more of a chance to be in the box and get in at the back stick.

“Despite being in a slightly wider position I still feel as though I’m getting in positions to score goals.

“There were a couple of chances at Fulham, a few in the games recently, so I still feel that the chances are coming.

“Being a big lad you always want to be as effective as you can and if that means winning balls in the air, that’s what I’ll look to do.

“Scoring more goals like that, I’ll be happy.”

Rovers have three goals in their five Championship matches so far, despite registering seven points, and are still waiting for their first from open play in the league.

However, Gallagher says there is no shortage of confidence among the attacking players who given the chances created, feel they will start to find the net with regularity sooner rather than later.

“We’re not worried about the fact there haven’t been as many goals as we would have liked because we’re creating the chances and on other days they go in,” he added.

“Against Cardiff there were three or four great blocks where their defenders have put their bodies on the line and in those positions other teams might not have.

“We’re not worried or lacking confidence, we know they will come.”

His 72nd minute header ended a 20 month wait for a goal for Gallagher since netting while on loan at Birmingham City having struggled for game-time at Southampton last season.

He scored 12 times during his last loan spell at Rovers, but after his permanent switch, says getting off the mark was a good feeling.

“It felt good to get that first goal and get a bit of a weight off my shoulders, I was just disappointed with the final result,” Gallagher said ahead of today’s trip to West Brom.

“If you ask any attacking player once you get that first one of the season you feel like you want to keep going and the goals will keep coming.

“It wasn’t a massive pressure, just nice to get off the mark.”

Gallagher is expected to continue his run of starts in Rovers colours at The Hawthorns today, whether that be out wide or in a central role.

Having played two of the three sides relegated from the Premier League last season in Fulham and Cardiff, West Brom will be the second side to finish in the top six in 2018/19 to be faced in the opening six fixtures.

But Gallagher says they can take confidence from their recent performances when making the trip to the Midlands.

“We have played a couple of strong teams already and showed that we can more than hold our own so will look to go there and take it to them,” he said.

“Especially the start we had against Fulham away, the way we played, we felt we deserved more, and it builds confidence if you go to places like that feeling you should have come away with something. It gives you belief.

“It shows that we know we’re not at our limit and there’s a lot to come.”