Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted Kaid Mohamed’s injury-time winner left him feeling “sick” on Saturday.
Mohamed headed home in the 93rd-minute to seal a 1-0 victory for Bristol Rovers after the game had looked destined to end goalless at the Memorial Stadium.
The Shrimps manager said the goal was the toughest he’s had to take during his three seasons in charge.
He said: “It makes you feel sick.
“It’s the hardest goal I’ve had to take since I’ve been manager. We discussed at half-time about how to play the pitch and the conditions.
“It’s a rugby ground and it’s very bobbly so you’ve got to get in on the floor and get it down the channels and not take any chances.
“I thought both defences were on top and we looked comfortable and I thought we’d get a positive point away from home.
“But we just made a couple of poor little decisions in the middle of the park and they broke wide and we didn’t do enough to stop the cross and obviously we haven’t done enough to win the header in the box.
“It was a good cross and a good header but we should have stopped it further up the pitch and then we would have seen out the game and picked up a point.
“We want to win every game but you’ve got to make sure in some games that you don’t lose them and this was one of them.
“It’s hard to take. A little bit of inexperience or that little bit of desire in the 93rd minute has cost us.
“I’m absolutely gutted to be honest.”