Three penalties did the damage for Arsenal against Rovers Under-23s, but stand in boss Tony Carss was pleased with some positive signs from his side.
After Stefan Mols had given the hosts the lead in the opening game of the Premier League 2 season, The Gunners battled back through a Folarin Balogun hat-trick.
But despite the defeat there were a number of impressive plays from a youthful Rovers side, and Carss' glass was half-full when reflecting after the encounter.
“We had a game-plan in terms of how we wanted to play and set up," he revealed.
“We were really disciplined and the lads went about it really well and were patient out of possession.
“We knew we were going to be a threat on the counter-attack with the pace and quality we’ve got and we got chances from that.
“I can’t remember them having too many chances. We’re disappointed with the penalties, not with the decisions, but with our decisions which led to them just prior to them being in the box.
“They had pace up front, were sharp and quick, and you have to be 100 per cent sure, it’s always a risk when you go to ground or dangle a leg.
“Performance wise I was really pleased, out of possession and in possession with the chances we created and the quality we showed against them.
“The result is disappointing but I thought there were some really good individual performances as well within the team which is what you’re looking for in development football against top opposition," he added.
“Some of the young players got opportunities, others had to play in slightly different roles.
“It was good for them. On a night when you have got players playing for the first time you want your more seasoned players to stand up and be counted.
“I think they did. There were some really impressive performances out of possession and on the counter-attack.”