There were bitter sweet emotions for Paul Dickov after he watched his side denied a memorable victory by a late, late strike at Preston last night.
It was looking as though Rovers were heading for a fifth win in seven games at Deepdale when goals in the final 10 minutes from sub Harry Forrester and striker Curtis Main fired the visitors dramatically into a 2-1 lead.
However Jermaine Beckford struck just nine seconds from the end of stoppage-time to deny Rovers what Dickov thought would have been a deserved victory.
Rovers remain in the play-off places, though, and afterwards Dickov was determined to take the positives despite Beckford’s heart-breaker.
The Scot said: “It’s really disappointing of course, but overall I was really pleased with what I saw.
“I thought our lads produced the better quality, even in the first half.
“I told the players at the break just to go back out there and believe.
“We passed it well, we moved the ball well, and in the end we got our two goals.
“Yes, we’re a bit frustrated, but with 12 games to go we can head into this final spell of the season full of confidence.
“We’ve proved again that we can compete with the very top sides in this division.
“At times out there we outplayed them, but at the end we’ve been pegged back by a really great finish from a top striker.
“Becks has got that quality, and he showed it at the end.”