Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll had some sympathy for Middlesbrough after a last-gasp goal from Brian Stock earned his side a 2-1 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Stock, who has endured injury problems in recent seasons, pounced from 12 yards in the fourth minute of added time - his first goal since March 2009 - to condemn Boro to a ninth away loss this term.
O'Driscoll, whose side bounced back from last Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Leicester, said: "You have to feel a bit sorry for them for losing like that because they probably didn't deserve it on the night. Having said that their keeper [Jason Steele] made a fantastic save only moments before we scored and you do need a bit of luck to win in this division."
He added: "It looked a bit ominous when we conceded after only four minutes and you wonder then whether the wheels might come off. But we always looked a threat and that was pleasing."
Doncaster fielded four centre-backs in defence because a spate of injuries and O'Driscoll added: "We had to mix and match because of the problems but we've pulled rabbits out of the hat all season and that won't change."
Commenting on speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at Sheffield United, O'Driscoll said he would not be watching their game at home to Swansea and added: "Nobody's rung me up about the job so I can't really comment further."
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray bemoaned his side's luck.
He said: "I thought in the last 20 minutes of the second half we were the only side that were going to win the game so we were absolutely gutted to lose like that.
"We missed a few chances but I suppose at one point because of the way we played we wouldn't really have been content with the draw - but then we end up losing.
"We have a fantastic young keeper and I wouldn't blame him for the goal. He says it took a deflection on the way."
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