“It’s not the end of the world” - that was the verdict of Brian Flynn after Rovers’ Championship charge hit the buffers against Carlisle.
A Liam Noble brace saw the Cumbrians claim all three points at the Keepmoat and extend Rovers’ quest for automatic promotion.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Flynn said.
“Half an hour after the game you feel deflated but come Thursday morning the players will be raring to go again. It wasn’t our night.
“I’m not writing it off by saying that because this is a group that reacts when bad things happen.
“There will be a response at Crewe on Saturday, I’m certain of that. We started the game strongly and we started the second half well as well.
“Carlisle just stopped playing and we started to play too many short balls.”
Defeats for rivals Sheffield United and Swindon ensured there was no change in the upper reaches of League One.
And Flynn says the pressure remains firmly on the chasing pack. He said: “Nothing has changed. The only difference is that the chasing teams have one game less to try and pass us. That is something they have to worry about, not us.”