U18s manager Gary McSheffrey does not want their FA Youth Cup result vs Rotherham United to dictate how his sides season goes.
Owen Scattergood fired Rovers into a deserved lead seconds before half time. But a determined Rotherham clawed their way back into the game with goals from Curtis Durose and Ciaran McGucklin.
McSheffrey said: “We are all disappointed with the result. But in football you have to be able to deal with the pressure.
“After the week some of these lads have had making first team appearances, beating category one side Leicester City, they’ve come to the Keepmoat Stadium and looked like they’ve lost five on the spin.
“They all have different goals and ambitions between now the end of the season.
“They can’t let this dictate how their seasons going to go. It’s a setback in their young career and it’s all about how they handle it and how they bounce back.”
Rovers had opportunities to widen their lead through chances from Corie Cole, Tavonga Kuleya and a penalty from Jack Goodman that was saved by Alfie Burnett.
McSheffrey added: “Jack’s gutted. He’s done well this season and there are positives from his game.
“He’s won the penalty and he wanted to take it. I fancied him to take it. The goalie read him well and made a good save.
“We were seconds away from getting a 1-0 win. We had some big chances to finish the game with a 1v1 and a penalty.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t take those opportunities."