Tony Mowbray insists he will keep working to turn Rovers’ fortunes around and says a decision on his future is out of his hands.

Phillip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma were on target for the visitors who became the ninth side in 14 matches to beat Rovers who have taken just seven points from the last 42 available.

Adam Armstrong saw an injury-time penalty saved by Asmir Begovic, while Bradley Johnson had a late effort cleared off the line, meaning Rovers have scored just 12 times in their previous 18 matches.

Their latest defeat leaves them 17th in the table, with still six games to go, including five of the sides currently below them in the standings.

That has seen pressure intensify on Mowbray, who has been in charge since February 2017, but he says he will keep striving to improve the team.

Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “It’s not my decision, I come in and work every day with these lads and really enjoy coming into work with them.

“It’s really tough at the moment of course but how are you going to find a way to put the ball in the net?

“Once again we didn’t score a goal, too many games we haven’t scored a goal and that’s the crux, yet all of the last two weeks, all we’ve done is practice ways of scoring goals, what kind of goals, where the crosses come from, what type of service and that’s what we do, you try and improve footballers to help the team.

“I like the team, football rips me up, you’ll never know how much it hurts you as a football manager to stand on the touchline, you can’t comprehend it, how much it means, how much you invest in a team and a group of players, in individuals, to try and make them better and get them to understand what it takes to be a professional footballer.

“I’m working with them and striving to make them better, individually better and I’m long enough in the tooth to know this is a results driven business and I’ll keep working every day.”

Mowbray added: “You can’t defend the results, and I won’t try and defend the results, other than I’ve watched the performances and if I thought ‘we can’t win a game’ then I would be telling you.

“I would say that we’re finding it hard to score goals and that’s because of the situation with our forwards.

“I take pride in the performances, not the results, I’ve always said that I’m a performance related coach and I think the performance of the team has generally been good.

“But I’m a realist and I know that I live in a world of a results driven business, I understand, I’m not hiding from it, I work hard every day, I understand the consequences of not winning football matches but that’s never my decision.

“I come to work every day and give everything I’ve got, I try and inspire young guys to get better and do their jobs better and I’ll keep doing that, keep working with them and make them understand the game better.

“That’s what you do, but you have to try and win.”