Tony Mowbray says Rovers must move on quickly from their FA Cup exit and will hope not to feel the long-term impact of the defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Sam Gallagher and Darragh Lenihan were both replaced because of injuries, while Ryan Nyambe was among the players not involved at the DW Stadium.

Rovers led early in the second half through Reda Khadra but were pegged back by a Max Power strike and Aynsley Pears own goal.

The stand-in stopper had an afternoon to forget, but Rovers did grab an equaliser through Daniel Ayala in the final minute of normal time.

But Thelo Aasgaard won it for the Latics with an injury-time strike as Rovers exited the competition at the third round stage for the third successive year.

Mowbray made five changes, which included the omission of Nyambe, with the manager revealing it was down to an injury.

“Nyambe isn’t Covid, he’s injured,” Mowbray added.

“His hamstring is tight. He came to me after training and said that his hamstring was sore and he was worried about it.

“I said that was fine and we’d leave him out.”

Gallagher was making his first start since October 30 after a spell on the sidelines through injury, but had to be replaced by Reda Khadra.

Captain Lenihan didn’t emerge for the second half after taking a blow to the knee, with Bradley Johnson on in his place.

Mowbray also suggested Jan Paul van Hecke wouldn't have continued had the game gone into extra-time. 

He added: “Sam at this moment hasn’t been in the starting team that’s been winning games for us.

“He’s been coming back from injury and ultimately he has to be a player that impacts on our team moving forward.

“That’s really frustrating to see him pull up as he did, pretty early in the game.

“Lenihan came off at half time with a sore knee, and it’s disappointing about Pickering and Nyambe, but we’ll move on.

“There was no shouting and screaming at them, let’s forget it, put in the bin and move on.

“Let’s go to Cardiff City and get three points and no-one will talk about this if we keep doing well at the top end of the league.”

On exiting the competition, Mowbray said: “We’re disappointed, the narrative is there for all to see.  

“It was a difficult day for our goalkeeper and I genuinely couldn’t see a result other than us winning when we went 1-0 up.

“We have to take it on the chin and move on very quickly and put it behind us.

“I’m not sure they knew how to get through us, they played a lot of long balls have tried to play because there were no passing lines through our team.

“I thought we looked really solid.

“I can’t really remember them threatening our goal and then we scored and thought we’d go on and win the game comfortably.

“It wasn’t to be. You give them a lifeline and there it is.”