Eric Kinder was full of praise for his young side after they pushed Southampton all the way in the final of the U21 Premier League Cup.
After two legs and over three and a half hours of football, it took a wonder goal from Saints striker Sam Gallagher to settle the match in Southampton's favour as they lifted the trophy at St. Mary's.
Goalless from the first leg at Ewood, the deadlock was eventually broken when Southampton took the lead on 52 minutes as Ryan Seager fired home. But Rovers hit back as a Bradley Bauress cross was deflected into his own net by Matt Targett.
Southampton were reduced to ten men after Harrison Reed saw red for two bookable offences, but the big talking point was the decision not to award a penalty to Rovers after substitute Hyuga Tanner appeared to be pulled back.
Rovers regretted not being given that award and it would prove to be costly as Gallagher struck in added time to dash Lancashire hearts.
"It has been a good competition for us, we have enjoyed the run, we took a top class Under-21 side right to the wire," said coach Eric Kinder.
"To take them to 2-1 after extra-time over two legs is a big credit to us, it is just a shame we just couldn't pull it off at the end. It was Just one goal, but what a goal as well.
"We still think we should have had a penalty on 90 minutes, I haven't seen it myself yet but everyone else tells me it was.
"We don't have much time to recover because we've got Derby on Friday followed by Wolves on Monday, but it has been a great competition, we have thoroughly enjoyed it, we've had some really good highs and very little lows until that last five minutes.
"Now the challenge for us is to try and get them in the first team."