Paul Dickov confessed he was baffled as to how Rovers suffered a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons last night.
Rovers defended superbly for much of the game but were ruthlessly taken apart in the second half.
“We feel slightly aggrieved at that result,” Dickov said.
“I’ll probably get accused of being stupid, naive and everything else but we competed really well. Tactically the players did really well but the first goal changed the game. They had possession, a few shots from distance but I can’t remember Stevie Bywater having a save to make and that seems daft to say when you’ve lost 3-0.
“Their keeper made arguably the two best saves of the game. Then they got a freak first goal which completely changed the game. But for the majority of the game the lads did really well.”
The Dons’ opening goal was particularly fortunate with Mitchell Lund’s clearing header cannoning off Dean Bowditch and over Bywater. And Dickov had plenty of sympathy for the young full back.
He said: “Young Mitchell, who I thought was excellent again, got himself into a great position covering, won his header and it’s smacked their boy in the face and gone in the top corner. It was really unfortunate.”
James Coppinger was rested after his testimonial weekend while Nathan Tyson was withdrawn in the second half after a finger injury which originally occurred earlier this month.