Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has praised his side’s team spirit ahead of Saturday’s clash with West Brom at Ewood Park.

Mowbray’s men have picked up seven points from their opening three league matches following Wednesday night’s win at Nottingham Forest.

The Blackburn boss is delighted with recent performances and singled out captain Darragh Lenihan as a leader on the pitch.

"I think it's a credit to the group of players really,” said Mowbray. “Lenihan has shown some real leadership, taking the captaincy and he's keeping this group of players solidified.

"We've spoken of the tightness in this group and how through adversity you can create a bond where they're all working really hard for each other.

"You can't sustain that, in my opinion – you have to bring in some help. As in Ryan Nyambe's case, when the team keeps working as hard as they are, you will pick up injuries and muscle strains because of the number of games that come along in such a short space of time.

"We have a couple of internationals going away, potentially playing three games and playing another routine of Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Wednesday.

"We can't keep asking the same players to keep producing and at this moment we need to change it but we're struggling, unless we dig really deep into the Under-23s.

"In my opinion some of the Under-23s aren't ready for the first-team. They should be looking to go out on loan in League One or Two, get their careers moving and do what Hayden Carter and Scott Wharton did.”

Another player who has impressed Mowbray is Lewis Travis, and the Blackburn boss has challenged the midfielder to maintain his high level of performance.

“Lewis has always thought he was the main man in midfield to be honest, and probably still does,” joked Mowbray.

“When he plays like he did the other night, he warrants it. He’s hugely strong and mobile. He knows the growth areas in his game.

“If he wants to go and play regularly in the Premier League, he knows that he has to improve.

“But he’s a fantastic player for this club, a real warrior really, a player who doesn’t like to come second in anything. A brilliant mentality for a footballer and it’s amazing what he can do for our team.

“I do feel he needs to be fit to show his best, I think when he’s not fit he can look sluggish at times, and yet he’s right at it at the moment and his performance the other night was fantastic.

“That is the standard he’s set and he has to keep producing that for us.”