Rovers boss Tony Mowbray expects a ‘disciplined and organised’ Middlesbrough side, no matter who plays.

Tony Pulis is set to be without defensive duo Daniel Ayala and Aden Flint, through suspension and injury respectively, for tomorrow’s trip to Ewood Park.

That will force a defensive reshuffle of a Boro side who have the division’s meanest backline.

Mowbray said: “You have to put in to context that Lenihan, our main centre half, is out for the next however many weeks, so we’re a centre back down as well.

“I think it probably makes it tricky for them when you lose two centre halves, as we know from when we played Newcastle last month and didn’t have four centre halves unavailable that night.

“You have to put a team out, that’s why you build a squad, and Tony Pulis is a very experienced football manager who will put a very disciplined and organised team out on the pitch, whoever plays where.

“He could have five centre halves out and still have a structured and organised team so we won’t be worrying about what Middlesbrough are missing, but what we have and what we do on the day and see if we can find a way of getting three points.”

On facing Pulis’ men, Mowbray added: “He sets them up in a way that’s difficult to break down.

“They have by far the best defensive record in the league, so I wouldn’t expect a high scoring game. It’s very rare they lose lots of goals, and when they get their noses in front they are very difficult to break down.

“If you look at their away record it’s very good, they have won at some pretty difficult places, and kept clean sheets.

“It’s a game we’re mindful of their strengths but one we should look forward to and be positive in.”