Tony Mowbray wants his side to be at their aggressive best against Peterborough United who he insists he will be no pushover.

Posh have the division’s worst away record with eight defeats and 24 goals conceded in their nine away fixtures but Mowbray sees plenty of quality in their ranks.

They have dominated possession on their travels of late and will expect to do so against a Rovers side who will look to use their pace on the break to trouble the Championship newcomers.

But keen to stress the difficulty of the game, Mowbray said: “They’re all dangerous games. No manager or supporter should think that any game in the Championship will be easy, every game is tough.

“Peterborough will come and have plenty of the ball and ask questions of us and we have to do what we do at home, be resolute, be aggressive, play on the front foot, attack and see whether we can get the right result.”

Victory over Posh at Ewood in April 2018 moved Rovers one step closer to promotion from League One, a feat achieved by tonight’s visitors last season.

Mowbray knows first hand how difficult the step up from the third tier is, and with fellow newly-promoted side Hull City also struggling, he added: “They’re finding that. They’re playing a nice brand of football and having a lot of possession but generally the experience of the other team is the difference.

“They’re having plenty of possession, yet losing, and that’s probably down to experience and knowhow. They are really talented, good footballers, players who know what to do with the ball.

“As I say to the team, forget about the colour of the shirt and the names on the back, just go and play the next opposition, play the game and see how we get on.”

Mowbray is the longest-serving Championship boss but counterpart Darren Ferguson has spent longer with Peterborough, albeit across three spells, the latest of which started in January 2019.

“Darren Ferguson is a good coach, has been around a long time and has got himself a new contract because they trust him and believe him in. He’s the manager who seems to be able to get them out of League One and compete in the Championship,” Mowbray said.

“I was looking at the statistics from their game at Stoke at the weekend and they had over 60 per cent possession, they have a lot of good players who are brave with the ball, they move it around the pitch, play as Darren’s team do, possession-based football and are dangerous.”