Lewis Travis believes his game is the perfect complement to Stewart Downing as they look set to continue their partnership against Fulham this weekend.

Travis has become first choice in central midfield, starting 14 of the last 15 matches, and a key cog in Rovers’ engine room.

His partnership with Corry Evans had proven to be a successful one for Rovers, but with the Northern Ireland international recovering from surgery to a fractured skull, is set to be out for the foreseeable future.

Downing’s versatility has proven key to Mowbray since his arrival at Ewood Park and has started each of Rovers’ last three Championship matches alongside Travis. They linked up well for the 22-year-old’s goal in the weekend draw at Middlesbrough, and Travis feels it’s a partnership that can prove effective for Rovers.

He said: “I think we complement each other well.

“On the ball he’s cool and calm and he always seems to pick the right pass.

“My fitness is one of my strengths, getting around the pitch and complement Stewy.”

Travis scored his second goal of the season to put Rovers ahead at the Riverside last season, his other coming against Luton Town in Rovers’ last home defeat in September.

The midfielder, who also has three assists, is looking to add more productivity to his game in the final third, despite largely been used as the deepest-lying of the Rovers midfield duo.

The 22-year-old is one of the first names on Mowbray’s teamsheet, but is keen to become a more rounded player in a bid to take his game to the next level.

“I’ve been working on adding goals to my game and the assist from Arma (Adam Armstrong) was very good,” Travis explained.

“I’ve set myself some targets and I just hope to hit them and add goals to my game to become more of a complete player.

Rovers will need Travis to stay fit for the remainder of the campaign, with injuries having hit hard in recent weeks.

He has played all but 72 minutes of Rovers’ last 18 Championship matches, but was given a rest for the FA Cup tie at Birmingham City last month.

“Towards the end of the season there’s a lot of games, they come thick and fast, and everyone’s main aim is to stay fit and try and get the job done,” said Travis, who has 70 senior appearances to his name.

“It’s a massive month, everyone needs to stay fit, and as a group we all feel we can take lots of points and stay in and around it.

“Everyone is professional enough to do work behind the scenes to stay fit.”