Darren Ferguson felt his young team’s performance deserved more against Scunthorpe United in the Checkatrade Trophy last night.
Much-changed Rovers had to settle for a penalty shoot-out win against the Iron following a 1-1 draw in normal time - which wasn’t enough to leapfrog their opponents and finish in top spot in Group H.
But Rovers’ boss was nevertheless delighted with his team’s display against their more experienced opponents.
“They’ve pipped us on goal difference but I wasn’t overly concerned with that,” said Ferguson.
“I wanted to win the game obviously and I thought it was a performance that deserved a win.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the players, it was a really good performance.
“They [Scunthorpe] had a lot more experience out there and a lot more games under their belt. They were bound to have a period where they got a little bit on top.
“But I thought the first half, in particular, was very good. In terms of how we wanted to play the game, and how we wanted to play the system, it was a great example of what we’ve been working on.
“The players were excellent in doing the different movements, we caused them all sorts of problems. I thought we were unlucky only to be one nil up.
“The challenge was to do that again in the second half. Physically we dropped a little, but we played some good stuff. I really enjoyed watching it.”