DROGHEDA UNITED assistant manager Robbie Horgan cut a disappointed but pragmatic figure after Saturday's EA Sports Cup defeat.
Going in at the break, trailing by the single goal, Horgan said that the feeling was if the team could up their tempo in the second-half then the goals would come.
"We said that to them at half-time that if we could up the tempo a slight bit, they were the better team in the first-half and going into the second-half that if they could do that the goals would come and in fairness from the kick-off we camped in their half for nearly ten minutes."
But despite the domination the goal never came, in fact it was only on the scoresheet where Rovers were superior, although that's the only stat that really counts, Drogheda had more possession, more shots on target and had nine corners to Rovers' zero.
"I could probably count on one hand the amount of times that Rovers got into our half," said Hogan. "I think we won everything bar the result. The lads are disappointed, but it's not like it's the end of the season, I worry now a little about the suspensions that we are going to have coming up over the next couple of weeks."
One of those suspensions will be Derek Prendergast who was sent-off late on and will most likely miss the trip to Tallaght on Friday night as Drogheda and Rovers face-off again and Horgan says that there's no need for revenge, the side have enough motivation already to record an elusive win over the Dublin side.
Somewhat mimicking what Mick Daly had expressed the Drogheda assistant manager said that ultimately "the lads deserved better, football can be quite cruel at times.
"We played very well, we had no luck out there today, I thought we were the better of the two teams, we created more chances had more possession.'