Midfielder Tommy not too down after last gasp heartache.
Tommy Rowe sympathised with the fans who made the journey to Crewe only to see Rovers concede a late goal and, with it, the chance of a point.
Rowe equalised from the penalty spot – the first Rovers have scored in three attempts this season – but it wasn’t enough as the visitors were caught going for the win.
“We needed to make sure we start taking our chances from penalties. The gaffer gave me the chance and I’ve been practicing so when I got the ball I was really confident that I was going to put it away,” Rowe said of his second goal of the campaign.
“We’re a completely different team from last year. Our mentality is, the way we’ve been dominating, it’s hard to say lets settle for a draw.
“As a fan you wouldn’t want to see us sit off for a draw but in hindsight we should have, we should have managed the game better and take a point which is better than nothing.”
Rowe was philosophical about the result which could act as a timely reminder of how difficult League Two can be, citing plenty of positives to take away.
“For large parts of the game, I thought we were dominant and the gaffer just told us about the chances we had and how we have to be more ruthless and we’ve all agreed,” he said.
“A game where we might have got something towards the end has slipped out of our grasp.
“I don’t think we defended the goals particularly well as a team and that’s where we need to improve and there’s loads of positives we can take from the game now – second half we were good for large patches – the only criticism would be that we need to be more ruthless as a whole.
“We can’t rely on just the two lads upfront scoring. We need to take our chances and I thought the lads who came on in the second half did well.”