Tony Mowbray hailed the ‘growth mindset’ of his young side as they made it four wins out of their last six matches with a 4-0 win over Peterborough United.

Ben Brereton scored twice, with Harry Pickering and Darragh Lenihan also on target, as Rovers moved up to seventh in the Championship.

It proved to be a comfortable night for Rovers against one of the division’s strugglers with all four goals coming inside the opening hour.

With a host of senior players having left the club in the summer, as well as top scorer Adam Armstrong, Mowbray is working with a much smaller, and younger, squad who are performing above expectation with 30 points chalked up after 19 games – their best return at this stage of a Championship season since relegation from the Premier League.

“The good thing about this football club at the moment is we have some amazing human beings who love football,” Mowbray said.

“They all have growth mindsets, they want to learn, ask questions, they come into the booths that we’ve got with the touch screens and they watch all of their clips. They’re brilliant kids who want to learn and get better and it’s great to work with them and to see them improving.

“The biggest thing is the days when we lose how they react and deal with the negativity that might come their way and I think they have done it well.

“They’re doing well, we have to keep growing and seeing where this journey takes them.

“I think it’s an exciting team, they’re made of the right stuff, it’s an evolving team.

“If you think of the team we had a few years ago with Graham, Mulgrew, Bennett and Conway it’s a team of kids but they’re full of drive, energy, want to be footballers, want to get to the Premier League and I enjoy working with them every day.

“They all have growth mindsets and from a coach’s point of view that’s the best thing you can have with a footballer.”

Rovers went with a back three as Mowbray made four changes with Daniel Ayala, Harry Pickering, Joe Rothwell and Tyrhys Dolan all coming into the side.

Mowbray warned of the visitors’ threat ahead of the game but felt Rovers went into the game with the right attitude which went a long way to giving them victory.

He added: “I think it was important we got the intensity right and adrenaline levels right.

“With total respect to Peterborough it’s not Fulham or West Brom but you have to approach these games with the right mentality because otherwise they can be banana skins.

“I was really pleased with the attitude and the approach and desire of the team and we scored some good goals.

“I was delighted for the defence and the goalkeeper with the clean sheet.

“It was a good, professional performance and we got the balance right between aggression and composure. It was a good performance. A decent night.”