Gary Bowyer was left to rue missed chances and a mad five minutes as Rovers tasted a Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Bolton.
Rovers only had Josh King's first goal of the season to show for a first half of dominance as keeper Andrew Lonergan kept them at bay.
The tables were then turned on the hour mark as goals from Emile Heskey and Darren Pratley swung the game to the Trotters advantage.
Rovers kept going, Rhodes saw what seemed to be a perfectly good goal chalked off, whilst the woodwork was struck on more than one occasion during a frenetic goalmouth scramble.
But try as they might, Rovers couldn't grab the leveller their performance more than deserved, to leave the manager frustrated.
"We were the better team, their goalie has been magnificent for them and has probably won them the game," said Bowyer.
"We've thrown absolutely everything at them. In the first half time we took them by surprise and the game should have been dead and buried.
"We've had a magnificent support today and the two major disappointments for us are that we weren't three or four-nil up at half-time and then the crazy five minutes that we had.
"After going 2-1 down we responded, we hit the bar, goalmouth scramble and had what seemed to be a perfectly good goal disallowed.
"It is a tough one to take for such a young group today but they've got to bounce back very quickly."
Rovers return to action this Sunday when Middlesbrough are the visitors to Ewood Park.
Tickets are on sale to those database members with a history of purchasing tickets to Rovers matches. Prices start from £21 for Adults, from £13 for Students and Seniors 65 and over, and from just £8 for Under-17s.
On Sunday the Roverstore will be open for ticket sales from 10.30am.
The club is anticipating another large attendance, swelled by a sizeable visiting support. Therefore, supporters are being advised to arrive early to avoid delays.
Due to the large number of away coaches, this could cause congestion on the approach roads to Ewood Park, especially from the Darwen End, which is likely to impact on users of Car Park B.
Also with roadworks that are part of the Pennine Reach Ewood Gyratory Scheme, car parking options around the stadium are reduced. Matchday parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis from Car Park H and Car Park F priced at £10.