SIX points dropped over the festive period but the 1-1 draw at Northampton Town is the one that still wrangles with Tony Mowbray.

Despite several players being unwell, and having trailed to Anton Pierre’s goal, Rovers were left frustrated at missing the chance to make it seven consecutive league wins with the draw at Sixfields.

Bradley Dack had drawn Rovers level early in the second half but they failed to add to that, with Craig Conway finding the side, rather than the back of, the net when rounding the keeper while Marcus Antonsson saw an 86th minute penalty saved.

Rovers also twice led against Scunthorpe United only to draw 2-2 as well as conceding in the last minute to draw 1-1 at Rotherham United on New Year’s Day.

Despite that, Rovers are unbeaten in 18 matches in all competitions, something Mowbray says will continue to breed confidence.

He said: “We will win a game when we don’t play particularly well and we have to keep going.

“We have to take the confidence and belief from the unbeaten run and the team has a resilience about it in which teams in this league are finding it hard to beat us.

“When it clicks we’re really good and I think we were desperately unlucky not to beat Scunthorpe, I felt it was a game we deserved to win and should have done but didn’t.

“The most frustrating would obviously be the Northampton game and yet that was amidst a team was desolate with illness.

“There were three or four players coughing their guts up on the pitch and it was a really difficult day for us.

“There is a fantastic spirit here and I’m sure that is what will get us through in the end.”