Tony Mowbray gave an honest assessment following the 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield United at Ewood Park as the unbeaten home league run came to an end.
A Billy Sharp brace ensured Rovers suffered a first defeat in 26 home league games, with the Blades running out deserved winners in East Lancashire.
Sharp pounced twice in the second half to do the damage against a Rovers side who struggled to create many chances on the night.
And speaking afterwards, Mowbray admitted Rovers weren't at the races against Chris Wilder's organised outfit.
“We’d anticipated a tough game before kick-off and we talked about their shape and their spirit, which I think matches ours as they have been together for a while," the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers.
“They are a really honest and hard-working team with a lot of technical players. I thought we dug in well, we could feel their quality in the first half and struggled to get at them because of the extra man they had in midfield.
“There were fine margins but we could all tell that they are a good team and we have to accept that there are good teams in this league.
“Defeats are part and parcel in football and we have to react to that now. We’re disappointed in the dressing room. I know how hard the players worked, but we were beaten by a team who were better than us on the night."
Following a lacklustre first half, Mowbray altered the formation at the break, opting to go with a system that had three at the back.
And he added that he was tempted to go with that setup from the off.
“I’d toyed all week with changing our shape and matching them up, but I felt that would have given the wrong message to the team - it would have shown a bit of a fear factor," Mowbray said.
“We changed it at half time and it was better in the second half but strangely the goals came in that half. We were better and created some better chances but without any real glaring opportunities."