Tony Mowbray says the club are extremely proud of ‘amazing human being’ Tyrhys Dolan who netted his fourth goal of the season on the eve of the anniversary of the death of best friend Jeremy Wisten.

Dolan marked his fine goal with a trademark back-flip during Rovers’ 2-0 win over Reading after being restored to the starting line-up.

The teenager thanked the club, and fans, in a post on social media, writing: “The support everyone involved with the club has shown me I can’t thank you all enough he will be very proud.”

Mowbray said the 19-year-old should be very proud of his efforts, on the pitch where he’s starring on the first-team stage for Rovers, and off it with his work to promote mental health awareness.

After his latest contribution, the manager said: “An amazing guy, an amazing human being, it’s the anniversary this week of the passing of his best friend and I just know the kid he is, he will be extremely proud of himself, as we are.”

Former Manchester City Academy player Wisten was found dead at his home on October 24 2020, a matter of weeks after Dolan made his senior bow for Rovers, and scored his first goal in a 5-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

The Rovers attacker has used his profile to promote mental health and is an ambassador for Go Again who provide support for players and coaches across all levels of the game.

Dolan had been an unused substitute in the midweek defeat at QPR, the first time he didn’t get any minutes in a Championship fixture for Rovers this season.

The manager said that after a bout of illness three games in a week would prove too much for Dolan, but the attacker was back to his energetic best against Reading.

He was Rovers’ liveliest player in a first half of little action, but it was when moving out to the left for the final half an hour that he really threatened.

First there was the curling effort which bent out of reach of goalkeeper Luke Southwood to put Rovers 2-0 up, the Royals keeper getting fingertips to a similar effort before the end, by which point Dolan had dazzled with his skills on several occasions.

But it is his workrate that Mowbray says impresses him the most, adding: “Tyrhys plays in our team because he sets the tone of hard work.

“I don’t think he sits there and thinks he’s Lionel Messi, he runs and runs, closes, chases and gets his rewards.

“He’s undoubtedly got talent as he showed numerous times, scored a wonderful goal, got in behind them, second half quite a bit, the growth areas for Tyrhys Dolan are his final ball and delivery in the box.

“He got into some amazing positions but just needs to pick someone out for a side-foot finish and we win the game three or 4-0.

“I pick him almost every week because of the work he puts in, and that’s what we demand as the starting point, that everyone has to run, chase, fight, tackle, put your foot in, but as a striker he has to score goals and create chances and he’s doing that.”