Defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, a 10th 1-0 reverse for Rovers this season, saw them fail to make the most of endless waves of possession, something Tony Mowbray described as a ‘common theme’ for his side.

Rovers had almost 70 per cent of the ball, but managed just two shots on target across the 90 minutes, their best chances falling the way of Tom Trybull and Bradley Johnson who both failed to hit the target with headers from set plays.

In the end it was a set play that proved to be Rovers’ undoing, Fred Onyedinma heading home the only goal of the game two minutes after the break, with the hosts having gone close from corners early in the first half.

It took falling behind for Rovers to show any signs of life, Joe Rothwell having their second shot of the game two minutes from time when David Stockdale denied him, having also saved from Joe Rankin-Costello 32 minutes in.

It is now just one win in 13 matches for Rovers, who remain 15th in the table, and still seven matches to play of what has been an underwhelming season.

“It's been a pretty common theme in our team. We play pretty good football but you have to take your chances,” Mowbray said of the latest defeat.

“Obviously we were without our top goalscorer (Adam Armstrong) who is unavailable at the moment and yet the opportunities were there for others to try and score goals and win games.

“Wycombe is always a difficult game. I know where they are in the league but they pride themselves on being hard to play against.

“We found that. What else do you want me to say other than was there enough quality in both boxes? We defended pretty well, six or seven corners in the first-half we defended pretty well.

“Then in the second-half we didn't defend one very well and we lost the game 1-0. We'd have preferred to have created more. They focus their game on building defensively and we saw that.”

Rovers have now lost 17 matches this season, eight by a 1-0 scoreline, as well as exiting both cup competitions by that margin.

One goal defeats have summed up the campaign, not least in this recent run that has seen Rovers gone from play-off contenders to firmly mid-table, and looking over their shoulder.

“Ultimately we're left disappointed and frustrated. We've been here lots of times, losing games 1-0 unfortunately,” Mowbray added of the defeat at Adams Park.

“You lose 1-0 and ultimately we're all disappointed to lose to a team like Wycombe. You have to give them a lot of credit for their spirit, their fight and togetherness but they scored from a set-play, which is a big strength of theirs.

“For us we just have to keep improving the quality of the final third because there are one too many games where we have plenty of the ball and don't do enough with it.

“This was not one of those games. I didn't sit there and think it was a total domination game because they don't allow you to do that but credit for them and they're disappointed of course.

“Some of the half-chances that came our way we didn't take them and we lost to a set-play.”