Tony Mowbray believes repetition is the best way of helping Sam Gallagher find his form in front of goal.

Gallagher missed three excellent chances in Rovers’ FA Cup defeat at Birmingham City and has managed just three goals since his £5m summer move from Southampton.

The 24-year-old won the penalty from which Adam Armstrong scored but couldn’t add to his tally despite getting in to some promising positions as Rovers dominated for long spells.

Mowbray feels following the advice of coaching staff on the training field can help Gallagher become more of a goal threat as Rovers look to fill the void left by the injury to top scorer Bradley Dack.

“He works hard every game, you can’t ever hold that against Sam,” he said.

“I think at this moment in time, I have faith in him but he has to score goals, he has to get himself into better positions in my mind.

“We’re working hard with him during the week to find better positions to score and in the first-half it was like a tidal wave of crosses coming into the box.

“He’s 6’4, he should be heading them in the net and yet he’s always underneath them, he’s always running past the near post.

“He has to start listening a bit more of where he should be going to score goals because the ammunition for him was good and he should have been on the scoresheet.”

Gallagher failed to hit the target when twice played clean through, and also saw a shot blocked on the line by an offside Adam Armstrong in the first half.

Armstrong scored from the penalty won by Gallagher, that saw Birmingham reduced to 10 men, and took his tally to seven for the season, three of which have come from the penalty spot.

The pair, along with Danny Graham and Ben Brereton, will be the players Mowbray looks to in a bid to fill Dack’s goalscoring void in the second half of the season.

And the manager added: “That’s what happens on the training ground every day.

“As with lots of players, the message is very loud and very clear, the players have to take it on to the pitch on matchdays.

“That’s what football is; it’s a game of habits, a game of repetition.

“We’re working hard at the repetition of making sure that they know their positions on the pitch when the ball is going to come into certain areas, because the repetition of the people who have been told where to put the ball is the same as the guy who should be in the position to finish it off.

“It didn’t quite connect.”