Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray believes luck and big decisions went against his team during the Checkatrade Trophy match with Rochdale on Tuesday night.
His team eventually lost 5-3 in a penalty shootout meaning the Blues future in the tournament rests on the outcome of the other game in Group C.
Rovers went ahead through whiz kid Joe Nuttall who notched his third in three games since being promoted into the first-team after impressing in the under-23 side.
They then had Scott Wharton sent off for a second yellow after a clumsy tackle. Mowbray questioned the dismissal but put it down to naivety and believes Wharton will learn from it.
Jordan Slew equalised for Rochdale and it looked odds-on that they would make their numerical advantage count but to their credit, Rovers held on to force the spot-kick lottery but it wasn’t to be their night in the end.