Paul Dickov was disappointed in how welcoming his side were to Bolton as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat that plunged Rovers back into relegation danger.
Early defensive openess allowed Bolton to race into a two-goal lead through Neil Danns and Joe Mason.
And despite a stunning free kick from David Cotterill, the damage had been done, leaving Rovers just four points clear of the bottom three.
“In the first 20 minutes we were the most open we’ve probably been this season and we paid the price for it by conceding two goals,” Dickov said. “Bolton have got good players and they capitalised on how open it was.
“Once we sorted that out in the latter end of the first half and particularly the second half, we feel very aggrieved not to have got anything out of the game.
“When we had sorted it out we looked strong, passed the ball, got crosses into the box and there was a better tempo to the game.
“The game was played in one half in the second half.”
Dickov was left counting the cost of gambling on the fitness of Richie Wellens who was given an injection in order to play. Wellens was withdrawn after 34 minutes while Lucas Neill came off in the second half with a tight hamstring. The decision from referee Gary Sutton to not award a penalty after James Husband fell under a challenge left Dickov fuming. He said: “It was a stonewall penalty. We watched it back and how he didn’t give it we’ll never know. We’ve said all along it’s key moments in games that cost you. Well the key moment in that game was the penalty shout.”