Darren Moore rued his side’s mistakes as they fell to defeat against Manchester United’s U21s in their final group game of the Leasing.com Trophy.
Rovers took the lead through Alfie May just after the hour mark but conceded twice in the closing stages and Moore felt that his side should have managed the game better.
“I thought we made the game a lot harder than it needed to be,” he said.
“We were disappointed to lose after being in the lead – we have to look at it, take it on the chin because we’ve lost a game which I didn’t see us losing.
“It was a sweet strike for the second goal, but we made mistakes before that and certainly for the second – their winning goal – there were mistakes before that. We’ll analyse it and look back on the game – it’s not a blame culture but we need to learn from that.
“Our goal came from a mistake by their keeper and I’m sure on any other day he handles it better than that but if you don’t buy a ticket, you don’t win the raffle. Alfie took the goal and I was looking for us to manage the game after that.”
There were positives to take, however, as Rovers started the match well and United’s keeper Matej Kovar made a number of very good saves to ensure the match was goalless at half-time.
“We started brightly – we probably could have been two or three goals to the good after 11 or 12 minutes,” Moore added.
“We moved the ball around in the early part and I thought Man United found it very difficult to handle the speed and the tempo we set. After 25 minutes, they grew into the game and began to string a few passes together but I still thought we had enough to cause more problems.”