Under-21s coach Eric Kinder was delighted with the way his young side performed in their final game of the season despite going down 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers.
A penalty converted by Wanderers substitute Jamie Thomas three minutes from time saw the visitors overcome Rovers at a sunny Brockhall, but Kinder was impressed with the way his team performed.
Rovers were the stronger of the two sides throughout, but were unable to get the goals their play deserved.
"If you are going to lose a game then that is how you lose it," said Kinder after the game.
"I thought we were better than them and I thought we worked harder. A draw would have been the least we deserved.
"At this level it is how you lose and we have lost as the better side today, but we had some terrific performances out there so that far makes up for the result."
The Under-21s featured six Academy first year scholars, four of which were making their first starts at this level, with Kinder hugely impressed with what he saw.
"We made changes from the side after Tuesday night for two reasons. One, we weren't happy with the performance, and two, certain players needed to rest.
"So with the last game of the season we said to the young boys 'go and show us that you are ready to play for the Under-21s next season' and I think they've done that.
"I'm pleased with the way it has ended. Compared to last season we have seen progression of the younger players, we've seen progression in attitude, and I've certainly enjoyed my last season as Under-21s coach."