Tony Mowbray believes work on the training ground is the way to cure Rovers’ inability to turn possession into goals.

Rovers lost for the fifth time in eight matches as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Doncaster, and have scored just seven times in that run.

That’s despite still being the Championship’s top scorers as Doncaster became the eighth team this season to shut them out.

Rovers face the Championship’s top two for clean sheets, Stoke City and Swansea City, in their next two matches, and after 20 shots failed to bring a goal, Mowbray says improvement is needed.

“I’ve had a long conversation with them, the only way for this group is to keep working at it, keep practising, repetition of good habits,” he said.

“If we weren’t creating any chances then you could sit here and say ‘how are you going to win any football matches?’

“But we’re creating over 20 a game.

“We’re not hitting the target enough. We had lots of opportunities to score a goal but the individuals have to keep working at it, as coaching staff we need to show them the positions to be taking up.

“A lot of it is decision-making, when to be selfish and when not to be, and generally they’re a young team who are still learning.”

Adam Armstrong, along with Joe Rothwell and Harvey Elliott, started on the bench but were called for in the second half.

“I think the likes of Armstrong needed a break,” said Mowbray of the division’s joint top scorer.

“There’s been 12 games in 42 days, I watch them train and I see the physical data they produce and it’s gradual come down, the intensity, the number of sprints is coming down, and who knows whether he’s just a game or two away from damaging a hamstring and missing for the season.

“We can’t afford that.

“When you have decisions about selection we let Armstrong sit on the bench and give opportunities to other people. But we had to throw him on because we didn’t look like we were going to score, that’s where we are at the moment.

“There’s lots of good play, lots of domination, in my opinion we can dominate nearly all the teams in this division.  It’s about putting the ball in the back of the net and making your control of the game count.”