Tony Mowbray felt his side deserved more from the Emirates FA Cup clash against Newcastle United, but believes his team "rose to the occasion" at St James' Park.
Making their bow in the competition this season, Rovers were excellent in the north-east, and dominated the majority of the match.
Bradley Dack's thumping header handed the visitors the lead in front of more than 3,000 Rovers supporters, only for Matt Ritchie to smash home a penalty with six minutes remaining.
And speaking afterwards, the boss was amazed by his team's effort against their Premier League opponents, with a replay now on the cards the week commencing Monday 14th January.
“For the effort and desire and the team, to compete with Newcastle United, in a pretty full stadium, the team rose to the occasion," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers after the game.