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Bowyer: Can't Praise Players Enough

9 August 2016

Manager Thrilled With EFL Cup Performance

Gary Bowyer couldn't praise his side enough following a 4-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers after extra-time at Bloomfield Road.

The result booked Blackpool a place in the draw for the second round of the EFL Cup and highlighted a great spirit and resolve within the squad.

Speaking after the game, here's what he had to say.

Gary, the result says a lot about your squad tonight.  

We said before the game that we'd see what we're made of as a group tonight because we had to make several changes and we changed the shape as well, we only did one session with it yesterday. Full credit to the players, I can't praise them enough for what they've done tonight and how they've gone about it, against a very good Bolton team. It's important that they enjoy this moment but very quickly get focused for Morecambe on Saturday.

Two setbacks in normal time but the players responded well to both of them.

The timing of both goals could have rocked us so credit to them, the way they've gone about it has been fantastic today. They deserve all the plaudits that they get tonight.

Is it hard to pick out any individuals after that, given that it was a real team effort? 

Everybody has played a part, the subs have been magnificent when they've come on. Everybody has made a massive contribution to getting through tonight.

The only blow, again, is another injury picked up, this time to Jamille Matt. What's the news there? 

We seem not to be able to complete a game at this moment without picking an injury up. You don't mind picking injuries up if there's challenges but when they're as innocuous as what tonight's was, it's a little bit of a blow. We'll see how he is in the morning and hopefully get back as quick as we can with him.

It was a nice little cameo from John Herron in extra-time, setting up one goal and scoring the other.

The composure he showed to set up Jim McAlister was wonderful and the chip, if that's been scored by a Premier League player it would be repeated over and over. I just hope that he gets the coverage of the goal that he actually deserves.

Any preferred opponents in the second round?

You would love one of the big boys, home or away. It would be great if we could, if not we just take the draw as it comes and get on with it.   

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