Tony Mowbray was left frustrated by a late kick in the teeth for his side after Nelson Oliveira's late winner for Reading.
Rovers bossed possession and had chances to earn victory at the Madejski Stadium, but after Amari'i Bell's equaliser looked to earn a point for the visitors, Oliveira struck a winner with four minutes left.
And speaking afterwards, Mowbray felt the scoreline was harsh on his players, who put in a real shift against the Royals.
“I think they scored goals that you couldn’t see coming to be honest," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.
“They scored with their first shot of the game and we had total domination, playing on the front foot.
“They score right on half time and then we get ourselves back in it. From that point on it looked like we would be the ones who would go on to win it.
“A clearance from their box sees them break away and score a second goal.
“It’s a hard one to take for us, but if our performance levels remain that high then I think we will be okay.
“The drive of the likes of [Lewis] Travis and [Craig] Conway was unbelievable. [Corry] Evans was amazing again.
“I feel for the lads because they put so much into the first half and yet came away with nothing."
And the boss added that he feels Rovers will earn deserved wins if the work ethic remains the same in the coming weeks and months.
“Let’s keep going, win some games as we move along and enjoy our football," he said.
"The work ethic of the team was unbelievable tonight, and it was unbelievable to see how hard the lads worked."