Rovers have been rewarded for their impressive January as Tony Mowbray won the Championship manager of the month award, while Adam Armstrong claimed the player prize.

Mowbray led Rovers to four wins from four league games last month, keeping three clean sheets on the way.

It was an 11th manager prize for the Rovers boss, and second during his time at Ewood Park, having won the League One award in November 2017, and he was shortlisted for the Championship award in August.

He beat off competition from Thomas Frank (Brentford), Lee Johnson (Bristol City) and Graham Potter (Swansea).

The panel said of him: “A perfect start to 2019 for his team who climbed to within three points of the play-off places with a maximum 12 points from four games.

“They attacked with verve, while Mwbray’s decision to move Jack Rodwell into central defence looks inspired.”

Armstrong meanwhile was instrumental to Rovers' run of form, scoring twice and chalking up four assists, in a fine start to 2019. He also scored in the FA Cup third round replay with Newcastle.

Also nominated for the award were Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Kamil Grosicki (Hull) and Oli McBurnie (Swansea).

It is the third time Armstrong has won an individual award, the others coming with Coventry City in August 2015 and Rovers in February 2018.

The panel said of the 21-year-old: “Two goals, four assists and a penalty won made it quite a month for Armstrong for whom the wide role behind Danny Graham seems a perfect fit.

“Able to use his pace at will, his vision to pick out a pass which has been equally impressive.”