Having questioned the number of leaders within his squad last week, Tony Mowbray felt an added responsibility on the shoulders of Tosin Adarabioyo brought out the best in him.

Adarabioyo marshalled a new-look backline, that saw him partnered with Ryan Nyambe as Derrick Williams moved to left back, and came up with the equalising goal in the dying stages.

It was his work at the other end of the pitch that most impressed his boss however, the Manchester City loanee winning nine headers, with Rovers having struggled to deal with Preston’s physicality seven days earlier.

At a time when the boss called for more leadership, he was pleased to see the 22-year-old step-up, particularly alongside Nyambe who is inexperienced as a centre half.

“I already know he’s a good player, I watch him every day in training. I know what he can do,” Mowbray said of Adarabioyo.

“I think he relished the leadership being thrust upon him, the need for leadership with Nyambe alongside him rather than Williams.

“I think Derrick found it easier without the burden of being the main leader in the defensive structure. Going to left back he could focus on just doing his job.

“Ryan just needs a voice in his ear and I think Tosin flourished with that responsibility. He’s only a young guy himself but to try and lead Ryan through it, he communicated well.

“We played them quite fluently, we tried to get Tosin dealing with the main threat and he did that well, with Ryan sweeping up behind him.

“It was fine and I hope that Tosin will grow from his performance and accepts and enjoys the responsibility that’s put upon him.”

John Buckley, who like Adarabioyo scored his first senior goal in the win over the Owls, handed a piece of paper to his team-mate when being introduced.

From the resulting free kick, Adarabioyo powered home a looping header to draw Rovers level, though Mowbray admits the note related more to his side’s work in defending set pieces.

While Adarabioyo joked on social media it related to a possible food order, Mowbray explained: “I think any notes that went on to the pitch was to do with set plays.

“Sometimes when they (the opposition) make a substitution, some players need to bounce down the order.

“If (Atdhe) Nuhiu comes on you find a way of putting your best header of the ball on to him, but he was already marking someone else so you bounce them down and people move.

“The new marker is then given his job.

“They were already discussed, but it’s just a reminder because sometimes in the heat of a game you’ll forget that for 80 minutes you’ve been marking someone, then there’s a change, so it was just a reminder what their new jobs were in the defensive structure.”

Rovers ended their six game wait for a win against Wednesday last time out with a first comeback win in more than 18 months as Buckley scored in the first minute of stoppage time.

“The main positive was that we got three points. I don’t see huge differences in performance levels from the team, I think they have continued to work hard and fight for each other,” the boss said.

“From 83 minutes being quite low, a lot of work put in, and thinking ‘here we go again’, from spells in the game when they were throwing their bodies on the line and blocking things and we had lots of shots and chances, it looked like being one of those days.

“But they kept going and got the result at the end of the day and I think it was a worthy victory and a reward for the hard work they put in.

“Sheffield Wednesday are having a good season, they have some good players and we showed what we can do and got the three points.

“We have a new challenge now to take on against Leeds.”