ROVERS went out of the Capital One Cup with their heads held high at Premier League Norwich - but were let down by their finishing in front of goal.
An entertaining third round clash was settled by midfielder Alex Tettey's long range drive midway through the first half, which beat an outstretched Gary Woods and went in off the post.
But Rovers were far from outclassed by their lofty opponents and with some cooler heads in the Norwich box they might have come away from Carrow Road with a positive result.
David Cotterill saw an effort blocked from close range after good work from James Husband, and when the rebound fell to Robbie Blake his scuffed effort was tipped wide by Mark Bunn.
With the score still level Shelton Martis, recalled to the starting line-up at the expense of Rob Jones, also flashed a header just over the bar from Cotterill's corner as Rovers threatened to spring a surprise.
Then Tettey broke the deadlock. City had looked dangerous in and around the Rovers area and after finding himself in space he unleashed a powerful 25-yard drive into the corner.
As Norwich became content to sit back after the break, it became harder for Rovers to create opportunities.
But they almost snatched a dramatic late equaliser when Husband got to the by-line only for his low cross to just evade substitute Chris Brown and Dave Syers fluffed his lines at the back post.
Youth team captain Harry Middleton was an unused substitute as boss Dean Saunders shuffled his pack somewhat, making five changes from the side that drew with Stevenage.
He willl be particularly pleased that Martis got through the full game unscathed, winning plenty of headers and keeping star striker Grant Holt