The pressure of the job has been telling in recent weeks.

In the midst of a 1-0 defeat to QPR, the frustration of losing yet another tight contest was evident. Blackburn Rovers were on the periphery of the top-six, had chances to win an affair that had teetered between success and failure only for a set-piece routine to unravel their momentum and condemn Rovers to their first defeat in four league games.

In hindsight, Tony Mowbray will be the first to admit that his aggressive reaction of chucking items around the dressing room may not have been warranted. But that's the emotions of the game. You invest so much, only to see your work tarnished in the space of a few seconds.

What would was initially suspected as a minor setback was exacerbated. Rovers were horrendously lethargic in their defeat to Preston North End.

As torrential rainfall swept Oakwell, an opportunity for Rovers to return to a promised path, the adverse conditions epitomised the occasion. A hapless direct routine thwarted by a vibrant Tykes who unearthed a winning formula by the power of substitutions. Optimism that encircled Rovers at the start of the month had evaporated, and ominous clouds were now looming.

A trip to Nottingham Forest was deemed a chance to rectify their recent woes, to revert back to their original, free-flowing and aesthetically pleasing best.

While Rovers dominated the possession stakes, the familiar notion of failing to dissect a deep block came back to haunt Rovers. Up next came Watford, basking in scintillating form as they gear up for their promotion push. Take a 2-3 defeat in isolation to a side of their quality you could siphon the result as unfortunate but in the midst of a four-game losing streak, even the more minor failings are scrutinised in greater detail.

With such a young squad, Mowbray has the unenviable task of rousing his wounded troops with seven fixtures to come in a three-week period.

The Rovers boss is confident his side will turn it around, starting with the visit of his former club Coventry City on Saturday, but added in his post-match press conference on Wednesday that he hopes he's not a burden on the club.

"I’ve said to you before, I don’t want to be a burden on this club," stated Mowbray. "I hope I’m not a burden on this club. I’m doing my very best with the selection and the players we’ve got to try and win football matches and be competitive.

"And for a lot of this season we’ve been very competitive, scored a lot of goals, created a lot of chances. I’ve got the second top goalscorer in the league and we can look a threat at times.

"And yet, if this is the 20th different defensive set-up that we have had, then maybe that’s an indication of why it’s not going as well as we might have hoped."

At Mowbray's previous gig with Coventry, his final press conference was startlingly similar.

In his first season, the Sky Blues had assembled a squad littered with talent, albeit primarily through loans, but a significant dip in form saw Mowbray's young side finish adrift of the play-off places during a campaign that had seen them tipped for automatic promotion.

Several key loanees departed, James Maddison joined Norwich City and the club failing to adequately replace those that had left. The following campaign seen Coventry embark on a 10-game winless streak which ultimately resulted in Mowbray's resignation.

"The table doesn't lie," Mowbray told BBC Sport after his final game against AFC Wimbledon.

"It's embarrassing to go 10 games without a win. I'm an honourable guy.

"I won't be a burden to this club. I know this club needs every penny.

"I see some shoots of hope. The players work extremely hard, but it's a man's game. They're babies in a man's league.

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"I probably let them down by not getting in the big 6ft 4in centre-half we were after, who could have been a man and help us keep clean sheets.

"We knew what the budget was but we didn't get our targets. You can't build a club off loans. They have to invest in footballers they can keep and build on.

"It's important that this group of players get support. I have not seen a team better than us this season but, if you can't put them in and you can't keep them out, you're going to struggle.

"If they stick together, with the support of people, they can. The club needs to grasp the opportunity of keeping their young players."

Regardless of what is to come, Mowbray has implemented an infrastructure that will ensure Rovers are in a far healthier condition than the one he inherited, unlike the eventual outcome at Coventry.