Charlie Mulgrew gave an honest assessment of Rovers' 4-1 defeat at Bristol City on Sunday afternoon, and called upon the players to react positively.
Despite a solid first-half performance, the hosts scored three goals after the break to condemn the Blues to a first loss of the season.
Mulgrew, who opened the scoring at Ashton Gate, says the players will accept responsibility for the result and is eager to move on swiftly.
“We didn’t take our chances in the first half and, in the second half, they seemed to get the blocks and the saves in that we didn’t," the captain said.
"We’ll take responsibility for the result and will move on quickly. We started the game pretty well, but today shows you what can happen in the Championship.
“We had two or three good chances in the first half, and the goal they scored just before half-time knocked the stuffing out of us a bit.
"There’s no excuse for us giving away the goals we did, we should have done better at times, but we’ll look at this and pick ourselves up.
“They took their chances and got a bit of luck, but it is what it is. We need to pick ourselves up and go again after the break.
"We’d rather go again straight away but we have a break now and need to get back to winning ways when we come back."
With six games played, Rovers sit 13th in the table, and while the skipper is fairly pleased with the start to the season, he says the players want more.
“It’s been a pretty steady start," he added. "We know there’s more to come and we want more. The disappointment today shows that, but it’s all about how we react now.
“We’re going to have to be ready to deal with the next challenge, it’s up to us to perform and react after today.”