Rovers scored three times in the final quarter to turn around the scoreline after Joe Gibson’s first goal for the U23s appeared to have set Boro up for victory.

Graeme Lee had called for a response from his players after Monday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Manchester United, and Boro started the game like a house on fire at Blackburn, dominating the opening 70 minutes.

Hayden Hackney and Isaiah Jones both went close inside the opening minutes before Gibson was denied by a terrific save from the home goalkeeper.

It was 1-0 moments later when Jones was involved again and Gibson fired home to give Boro the advantage.

Blackburn offered little in reply and both Jones and Stephen Wearne went close to furthering Boro’s lead either side of the interval.

Hackney tried his luck with another long-range effort and Rumarn Burrell was denied by another good save from the home keeper after more good work by Jones.

But Boro were made to pay in the latter stages when the home side turned the scoreline around. Dan Butterworth equalised on 74 minutes and with just six minutes Joe Rankin-Costello fired the home side ahead.

And worse was to follow for Boro when the home side scored a third in the dying moments through Jack Vale.

Boro: Hemming, Spence, Reading, Wood, Dale, Hackney, Jones (Dodds 75), Wearne, Burrell, Malley (Folarin 90), Gibson. Subs: Robinson, Hood, Flatters.