Paul Dickov admitted he felt sorry for young striker Jack McKay due to the lack of service he received against Notts County.
McKay made his full senior debut at Meadow Lane on Saturday but endured a difficult afternoon as Rovers struggled to mount attacks.
And Dickov said be felt plenty of sympathy for the 18-year-old.
“I felt sorry for him,” Dickov told the Star. “He got no service whatsoever.
“Jack’s game is being in and around the 18 yard box. That’s where Jack comes alive.
“The amount of times we got the ball wide in the first half and didn’t put crosses into the box – I can think of five or six off the top of my head.
“It was great for him to be involved because he’s deserved his chance. He’s done really well when he’s been up training with us.”
McKay’s was one of three young players who started against County, including goalkeeper Marko Marosi and full back Mitchell Lund.
Dickov has promised to continue to blood the youth in the final game of the season against Scunthorpe United on Sunday.
Dickov also confirmed that both Richie Wellens and Luke McCullough missed the trip to Notts County through injury.
He said: “Richie took a whack on his foot against MK Dons and Luke stiffened right up from that game. There was no point risking them.”