Tony Mowbray won’t allow his Rovers side to feel sorry for themselves and believes they have enough quality to still enjoy a successful season.

Rovers have been hit by a number of injuries that have decimated their defensive line, including news that on-loan full back Greg Cunningham will miss the season with a knee injury.

Darragh Lenihan will be out for up to eight weeks, while Joe Grayson added his name to the growing absentee list by picking up a serious hamstring injury.

But far from downbeat, Mowbray maintains faith in his side ahead of the televised lunchtime game with Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park as Rovers look to end a three game wait for a win.

Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We’ll be fine, I like this team.

“I still sit and look and think ‘I’ll have to pull him in and tell him I’m leaving him out’. There are still players that warrant and probably deserve to be in the team that won’t start. That’s life. They have to live with that.

“I still have decisions to make around the eight injuries we have.

“We’re looking forward to the game, to the week, it’s an opportunity for us to get some points and we shouldn’t be feeling sorry for ourselves or making excuses.

“I feel the club is going in the right direction.”

Mowbray still has choices to make in midfield and attack, with plenty of options available to him.

But more than tactics and statistics, the boss knows his players must do their jobs if they are to get back to winning ways.

He added: “It’s always a balance of how many attacking players you have on the pitch, how many defensive-minded players you have on the pitch. It’s about getting the balance right against the opposition you are playing.

“If you look at the stats from this season, Nottingham Forest have been very possession-based and created a lot of chances, second in the league as we sit here, yet we had 64 per cent possession and 24 shots to their four. Yet we only drew 1-1. We have to be more ruthless.

“But what it did show was that we can dominate the better teams in this league on our day if we get the balance of the team right.

“But you can’t go to QPR and defend the way we did and expect to win. Possibly all four goals could have been avoided and on another days I’m sure they would have been.

“We’ve been working hard on getting the mentality right, forget about how much of the ball you have, you have to do your job to get back to winning games.”