Under-21s boss Eric Kinder was disappointed his young side weren't able to maintain their impressive run of results after going down 4-2 at Newcastle United on Tuesday night.
Rovers went into the clash off the back of three league wins, but that run came to an end at St. James' Park in a match that the home side dominated throughout.
Kinder was unhappy that the team weren't able to show the same spirit and work ethic that had been on show in recent weeks and admitted they didn't deserve anything from the match.
"It was back down to earth with a bump," said Kinder.
"It was back to the bad old days, in the first half we were very poor, the defensive part of the game - and that doesn't just include the back five - wasn't very good and wasn't up to the standards that we'd been used to for the last few weeks.
"This club has always been built around an excellent work ethic and doing the basics right and we didn't do either and we got what we deserved. They were quicker than us, faster to the ball, all round we were second best.
"After the first five minutes of the game we never looked like we were in control, there are no excuses coming to the end of the season, they've done alright but they've got to keep it going because we want them to make a statement for next season and some didn't.
"It was very poor performance. That is not acceptable for us, we are better than that and we expect more from the players. The desire wasn't there."
The Under-21s end their season this Thursday afternoon when Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to the Rovers Academy at Brockhall, kick-off 2.00pm, and Kinder knows they'll have to do better than on Tuesday to get anything out of the game.
He added: "We've now one game left now and we'll be demanding that we have a performance and if we get the performance we usually get the result."