Adam Armstrong took his tally to 12 for the season, but was disappointed not to grab a 13th late on that could have snatched three points for Rovers at Brentford.

Armstrong put Rovers ahead with a beautiful lob over David Raya, and grabbed a second from the penalty spot, only to be denied by the Spaniard when clean through after the hosts had pulled it back to 2-2.

In the end the 23-year-old, who has nine goals and five assists in his last 16 matches, felt it was a point gained for Tony Mowbray’s side despite letting a two goal lead slip.

And he’s hoping Rovers can now keep up their pursuit of a top six finish when they host Stoke and Swansea this week and build on the point at Griffin Park.

“It’s nice, I’ve always said I’m confident of scoring goals and that hard work is paying off,” said Armstrong.

“The lads are grafting really hard to create those opportunities for me and I’m happy with how I’m doing.

On the hat-trick chance, he added: “It happened so quick. I was meant to go around him, but he made a good save.”

Rovers started the day three points outside the top six, but that stretched to five after a fail to hold on to their 2-0 goal advantage.

“It’s mixed emotions, to 2-0 up you always want to keep that lead,” Armstrong added.

“But we came to a tough place in Brentford and we know their qualities and what they possess.

“We’re happy with a point and now have to look forward to Wednesday.

“We have to keep going, we know how tight the league is, everyone can see that, and to come here and get a point is massive for us.

“We move on and keep going.”

Rovers once again scored in the opening 15 minutes, the 12th occasion this season, as Armstrong controlled a long Christian Walton kick before calmly lobbing the ball over David Raya.

“He’s got a massive kick and I gambled and it fell nicely,” Armstrong said of goal number 11 of the season.

“The penalty, I knew where I was going before the game so it was a nice feeling.

“At 2-0, it’s a bit of a dodgy score and they got a great goal back and then we had to dig in.

“We dealt with their threat well and are happy with a point.”

Rovers let a two-goal lead slip to lose 5-2 at Brentford 13 months ago, but Armstrong felt this was a different story.

He added: “We knew we were always going to have chances with the way they play, a very high line and we created chances.

“Last year we conceded sloppy goals and that’s how it was for us towards the end.

“But the defence has been unbelievable this season and we need to keep it going.”