Ben Close felt Rovers failed to set the right tone in the early stages as they fell to defeat against King’s Lynn Town in the Emirates FA Cup.
Captaining the side for the day, Close said the players were left hurting by the loss to National League North opposition and are determined to put things right in the coming week.
Close on the reaction to the defeat:
“We’re hurting. It’s a tough one to take. The result was incredibly disappointing but the performance was just as disappointing.
“We’ve got a squad of hurting players.”
On how the game played out:
“I think we expected a tough game and we didn’t match them at anything really. I thought they were the better team throughout the game. They were picking up loose balls, they were better on the ball and overall we can’t have any complaints.
“I think we’re prepared to not have the ball. We have a shape that the manager has given us that we need to stick to, so we’re prepared on the ball and off the ball.
“We didn’t start well enough and when you do that it sets the tone and it’s hard to get out of a low gear.
“We know where we went wrong and we need to put it right. We need to watch it back and we need to have a look in the mirror at where it went wrong.”
On his recent run in the team:
“I’ve enjoyed playing in the last few games. Training has been great.
“Fitness-wise, I’m still a way off where I want to be. I need to get fitter and be able to see out games better but I think that’s come with having so long out. It will come in time.”
On reacting to the defeat:
“We’ll feel the pain then wake up and start preparing for the next game. Every player and team goes through disappointment and real lows. We need to rest up properly and turn up on Monday ready for a new week and quick put the disappointment behind us.”