Rovers ended their wait for a goal in open play just 26 seconds into their sixth Championship game when Bradley Dack put them ahead.

By the time Bradley Johnson had scored Rovers’ second of the afternoon, they had taken their goal tally for the season from three to five in just 45 minutes.

Unfortunately that also coincided with their impressive defensive record evading them. Rovers had kept three consecutive clean sheets prior to the Hawthorns trip, only to ship three in the space of 18 first-half minutes.

After 1-0 wins against Middlesbrough and Hull City, as well as the 0-0 stalemate with Cardiff City, finding the right balance between keeping clean sheets and scoring goals has been one Rovers are yet to master.

But boss Tony Mowbray is hoping that good practice on and off the training field can help in Rovers’ bid to get thins right at both ends of the pitch.

“The balance for us is to get that equilibrium of scoring goals and keeping clean sheets because if you find that you have a winning formula,” Mowbray explained.

“I try and drive principles into the team and have done for the two-and-a-half years since I walked in to the club.That’s how I’ve always coached teams, what to do when you lose the ball on the transition, what to do when you haven’t got it but then when you win it back what you do with the ball.

“You ingrain those things in teams over time. The difficulty for managers is that your team, over time, changes so you have to keep repeating the message.

“The players who’ve been here for that time are probably sick to death of my core messages but I have to repeat them for the new players and the team just keeps evolving.

“You get to a point where the older players who’ve been with you a long time can do your job for you when you’re not with them in the dressing room.”

Rovers conceded 69 goals in their 46 Championship matches last season, 48 of which came away from home, the most in the division.

They added to their defensive ranks over the summer with the loan additions of Tosin Adarabioyo from Manchester City and Cardiff left-back Greg Cunningham.  But Mowbray says it will need a collective effort to improve on those numbers and explained how the management team are using analysis clips to help demonstrate good practice.

He added: “We are putting the TVs on a loop so the players can watch training and see the good clips they’ve done and from the game at the weekend.

“We put it on the TV in their dressing room and their relaxation area so when they’re playing pool or table tennis they are seeing all the good bits from games, and training, passing combinations, shots, goals, winning the ball back, all those things.

“It’s a repetitive thing in their mind to see how we play, what we do and what the expectations are.”