TONY Mowbray says making Ewood Park a fortress will take more than 11 home games to achieve.

Rovers made it seven wins in 11 home games against Rochdale on Boxing Day and they have now won each of their last three matches at their headquarters.

They have collected 23 from a possible 33 points at home so far but are yet to fully hit top form in front of their own fans.

“We’re getting there – you have to build that and I don’t think you get that in the 11 games that we’ve had at home,” Mowbray said.

“It comes over a longer period and I think it’s a work in progress for us.

“We have to keep trying to grind out results, hopefully some days win comfortably and scoring spectacular goals etc but other days it’s tough and you have to build a mentality and desire and we have shown a mentality not to lose.

“We have to take that in to every game and that’s what we’re trying to build and have to take that in to the next challenge.”

And the boss says win such as the 2-0 one over Rochdale shouldn't be overlooked.

He added: “They’re important points because we also dropped points to Fleetwood, Plymouth and Wimbledon, teams that we feel that we should be beating.”

“Points have slipped through our fingers and it’s not easy at home, teams come and make life difficult for you and particularly with the loss of Chapman, an individual who can isolate players, go past them and create goalscoring opportunities.

“We are a bit light in that area and we haven’t been able to do anything about it.

“The team are doing fantastically well and have dug deep and are fighting for each other, the spirit is really strong.

“When we can get some reinforcements in the window to help them then we will keep going.”