Darragh Lenihan says Rovers must tighten up to avoid needing three goals to win a game.

Rovers claimed four clean sheets in six games earlier this season, but are now without one in 10 matches.

They shipped two more goals against Barnsley but found three at the other end to make it back-to-back home wins.

Lenihan was back in the side for the first time in seven weeks and Rovers hope his return will bring about an upturn in defensive fortunes.

They have conceded twice on 11 occasions this season, and the Republic of Ireland international knows they must improve on their organisation to keep the goals out.

“I was disappointed when the first goal went in because it would have been a great welcome back to have got a clean sheet,” he said.

“We’ll be striving over the next few weeks to get more clean sheets because it sets you up to win games.

“We can’t be dependant on scoring three goals every game to win matches, so we need to be more organised as a team, and I’m sure we will. Defensively we have to be very good.”

Lenihan, partnering Tosin Adarabioyo for the first time this season, says Rovers needed to show resilience to come out on top against Barnsley in a game he admits ‘wasn’t a classic’.

But he agreed with his manager that three points were all that mattered going in to tomorrow night’s game with Barnsley.

He said: “It was disappointing to concede the two goals in the way we did, but they upped their game in the second half and made it more difficult for us.We showed the resilience in bucket loads to get the win.

“The main thing was the three points at the weekend. It wasn’t a classic, but it was nice to come out the right side.

“Usually the top teams in the league just find a way rather than being at their best every week.

“Hopefully we can find a way to get the points most weeks, ideally with performances to match, then we’ll be right up towards the top of the table.”

In-form Brentford arrive in east Lancashire with five wins in their last six matches, with Lenihan well aware of the challenge they pose.

“Brentford are a very good footballing side and we’ll have our work cut out against them, but we have belief in the group now,” he said.

“The three points against Barnsley will give us more confidence going into the game, and had we lost it would have been a must win.

“ It’s still a big game, but it just gives us that bit more confidence.”