Slaven Bilic felt his side had ‘great chances’, not just good chances, to put Rovers to bed before Joe Rothwell’s equaliser.

Filip Krovinovic, who put Albion 1-0 up just before the break, hit the post early in the second half, with Christian Walton making key saves to deny Dara O’Shea and Mateus Pereira at 1-0.

The Rovers’ keeper was also equal to efforts from Kamil Grosicki and Charlie Austin, as the Baggies looked dangerous in the opening hour.

The final half an hour belonged to Rovers after their quadruple change had an immediate impact as Sam Gallagher set up to Joe Rothwell to bring them level.

From that point on it was Rovers who looked the more likely to take all three points, with Sam Johnstone making an important stop to deny Jacob Davenport, who had the clearest opportunity, while Kyle Bartley cleared Lewis Holtby’s flick off the line.

And Bilic felt a lack of a second goal was costly.

“I think everyone sees it like that,” he said.

“We didn’t create a number of good chances, we created great chances.

“But unfortunately if you don’t score that second goal there is always a possibility - against a team with Blackburn’s quality - that you can concede.

“We did concede. After that, to be fair, we had a couple of chances but they had some great chances.

“That is a summary of the game.”

The result left the Baggies, who host Fulham on Tuesday, three points clear of Brentford who won their seventh successive Championship game to close the gap.

Bilic, who was booked late on for a confrontation with Rovers captain Darragh Lenihan, said his players should remain positive, despite feeling the game became too stretched in the closing stages.

“That is what I have told the guys,” he added.

“But I’m not happy with how we played the last 20 minutes after we conceded.

“We lost shape, we stretched the game, the game became stretched too much and that is why they had those couple of chances.

“But up until then, as I said, I was very, very pleased with the performance. But you have to kill the game off and we didn’t.”

Brentford had wrapped up three points with victory at Derby in the lunchtime game which added pressure on Albion ahead of their 3pm kick-off at Ewood.

Asked if that brings with it more pressure, Bilic said: “It doesn’t make it easier of course.

“But we were in a position - and we still are - where we only have to focus on our game.

“We have to concentrate on our game.”