With five wins in their last six matches, and unbeaten away from home, Rovers face a Nottingham Forest side who are riding high under new boss Sabri Lamouchi.

Victory at Stoke sent Forest, albeit temporarily, to the top of the Championship, arriving at Ewood Park in third spot.

Tony Mowbray knows the threat they pose, and feels Rovers will need to be well organised to overcome Lamouchi’s side.

But he sees nothing to fear, and wants Rovers to be on the front foot as they look to bounce back after a disappointing weekend defeat to Luton Town.

“I think they’re playing with a lot of confidence,” Mowbray said of tonight’s opposition.

“Having watched them, even going a goal down there was no panic, they are composed and believe in the way they play.

“You have to be mindful of (Lewis) Grabban, he’s a top striker in this league.

“(Joe) Lolley has shown he can damage teams with his ball-carrying and cutting in on his left foot.

“Sammy Ameobi I know from when I had him at Middlesbrough as a young lad on loan from Newcastle.

“He scored a great header at Stoke and he can be a real handful on his day, fast feet, a big guy.

“(Ben) Watson and (Michael) Dawson are some old-stagers who know the league inside out and have done exceptionally well in their careers.

“I don’t see a team full of craft and passing.

“I see a really well organised and disciplined team who attack you down the wings, their full backs push on and join in with their wide players.

“We have to be good on the day and know their threats but ask questions of them and push them back.”

Meanwhile, Forest will be without captain Michael Dawson for tonight’s game.

The defender limped out of Friday’s win at Stoke with a rib injury for which he has undergone a scan.

Although the results of that aren’t known, Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi has ruled Dawson out of tonight’s game.

He said: “We will miss him a lot, but he will not travel with us and he will not be in the starting XI.

“I have some options and I am confident the players can play in this position.

“It is a chance for them to impress.”

Lamouchi, whose side sit third in the Championship table, is anticipating a tough test against Rovers.

The Frenchman said at his pre-match press conference: “Of course, with their last result at home against Luton, we know we will face a difficult game.

“It will be very tough because they play two games at home and they need to play in a different way to push a lot and try to win, so it will be a tough game for us.

“If you are not ready, you will suffer like we did at Stoke.

“We need to be ready mentally, to be strong defensively and be ready to play our football.

“We will face some situations where we suffer, and if we are not ready to suffer together then it will be a big problem for us.”