Defender Craig Alcock was happy to complete 90 minutes as 10-man Rovers tasted defeat to Sky Bet League Two side Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.
The former Sheffield United man was side-lined in early weeks of Rovers’ pre-season after suffering an ankle injury and Alcock was also impressed with some individual performances despite the loss.
“It was always going to be difficult after Alfie got sent off but those types of games you have to get what you can, fitness wise it was big for me as I’m coming back from injury,” he said.
“I needed the 90 minutes personally and for me that is the big thing to take from the game, but there were some impressive individual performances in amongst it and it was good to see the young lads have a run out.
“We had to make sure that we got something out of it after the red card but it was tough and it ends pre-season on a bit of a sour note to be honest.”
Rovers kick off their 2017/18 Sky Bet League One campaign at home to Gillingham and Alcock is looking forward to getting started and calls for his team mates to fear no one.
“It’s going to be an exciting season for us, we have to go into it with no fear and we are coming into League One after a really good season last year,” he said.
“The last part of last season has been and gone for us now, we move forward now and we have to make sure that we establish this football club where it should be.
“We achieved our objective in terms of going straight back up which a lot of teams don’t always do, you only have to look at Plymouth and Portsmouth, who have taken a few seasons to do it, so we have to take positives from that."