Elliott Bennett believes the Rovers players will demand just as much of themselves next season as the club’s supporters.

Rovers finished 15th on their return to the Championship, firmly in mid-table, after a season of ups and downs.

They ended it on a high, with four wins and a draw from their final six games being their best return from that number of fixtures during any part of the season.

They will look to carry that forward in to the 2019/20 campaign, with manager Tony Mowbray eyeing an improvement on this season’s tally of 60 points.

That is likely to increase expectations of supporters, but Bennett, who captained the side in the absence of Charlie Mulgrew, says that is no more than the players would expect, or expect from themselves.

Rovers dealt well with the expectations when favourites for promotion from League One in 2017/18, but this campaign was something of a free hit.

Reflecting on the mood in the camp, the 30-year-old said: “We’ve been competitive in pretty much every game this season and overall I think we look at it as a good campaign.

“We have a fantastic group of players and a brilliant manager at the helm. It’s good that the fans have expectations of us, we have those expectations ourselves.”

A four game winning run in January saw Rovers move to within two points of the play-off spots.

However, just four points from the next 33 available saw them drop out of contention.

But at no stage of the season were they in danger of being dragged in to a possible relegation battle, with 17th their lowest position all season.

“I think we’ll look back on the campaign as a good one, but I do think we’ll also look back on a bit of a missed opportunity after being so close to the play-offs in January time,” Bennett told the club website.

“We ended up going on a bit of a bad run, which happens to all teams across a season, it’s just about how you bounce back from that.

“For us, we didn’t bounce back quickly enough, but on the whole, we’ve more than held our own in this division and haven’t looked over our shoulders.”