Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says he will ‘over-emphasise’ the importance of tomorrow’s home game with struggling Ipswich Town as his side chase a third consecutive league win.

Mowbray knows his side, currently six points outside the top six, have the ability to continue their run of form ahead of three home matches in their next four fixtures.

That starts with a visit from the league’s bottom side but with the visitors scrapping for every point, Mowbray doesn’t want his side to pass up the chance of making it a hat-trick of league wins.

He said: “They are dangerous games in your mind and that’s my job, to try and over-emphasise the importance of this game. It’s an opportunity for us to get three points.

“I have to be careful that when I speak about three of the next four games being at home being a real opportunity for us that we don’t forget about the first one against the team at the bottom of the table.

“Once those three points slip away, they’re gone, you aren’t getting those back. There will be total focus from the team. They know the importance of it.

“They like me look at the table and see that we’re within touching distance of the top six and on any given Saturday three points can make a huge difference and you could soon be within three points.

“You have to keep going. You can do it if you build each game up as like a cup final, you can find a way to win.

“Who knows where this season takes us? What I do know from this group of players is I will get every ounce of effort from them.”

Ipswich, managed by former Rovers boss Paul Lambert, have made a host of January signings and claimed a third league win of the season last time out and they certainly won’t make things easy for Rovers.

“They have made five signings this window. Alan Judge is one the supporters will know. At his best, and his fittest, he’s a very good footballer. We have to be mindful of that,” Mowbray said of the opposition.

“They have brought in two strikers, and James Collins at the back, so they have added some experience, knowledge, speed, and some craft.

“I think it’s probably the right thing for Paul to do, to try and shake it up and see if he can get a reaction from everyone. For us, we have to apply ourselves and do what we do, but be mindful they will be competitive in every challenge because the necessity of their position means they have to fight for everything they can get.

“We have to make sure we match. If there is one trait of our team that I’m confident we will get it’s that we will match them physically and you hope a Dack, Graham or Armstrong has a good day and the quality we have can win us the game.”