Manager Reflects On 2-0 VictoryManager Gary Bowyer was pleased to see his side start the season with a strong 2-0 victory against Exeter City this afternoon.
Speaking after the game, here's what he had to say...
An opening day victory, two goals and a clean sheet, not a bad start.
"We certainly would have taken that before the start of play today. It was a very difficult game against an experienced team in Exeter that have been together a long time. We're still in the first early stages of a new relationship, it's taken us six weeks to get to where we are now and it's a start."
Kyle Vassell on the score-sheet again, continuing his fine pre-season form.
"He's been tremendous. He took his goal well because he had a long time to think about it and it seemed like an eternity before it dropped in to the net. It was a great bit of play from him."
You had some strong performances out wide from Bright Osayi-Samuel and Brad Potts.
"I thought Bright was terrific for us in the first-half, his pace puts teams on the back foot. Pottsy put in a couple of tremendous balls and got on the end of one and maybe should have scored. The wide men did tremendously well today."
Three injuries sustained in the match, what's the news on those?
"I think the main one is obviously Danny Philliskirk, it was Pottsy that was trying to score and he's kicked him and he's gone over on his ankle a little bit. We'll assess that during the week, I won't risk him on Tuesday for sure. We'll have to see with the others, I think it was just a bang with Kyle Vassell."
There was a big save from Sam Slocombe the one time he was really tested, and it was to keep out a header from Andy Taylor.
"For a lot of the ball that the Exeter players had - I know they hit the post - but actually saves made, that was a crucial one for us at the right time. His concentration levels were very high for it."
Given the injuries, will you have a bit of a balancing act for the EFL Cup game against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday?
"With what we've seen today on the injury front, we've got to make sure that we're right and we look after people if we need to."