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Bowyer: Quality Stood Out

23 August 2016

Manager On EFL Cup Exit To Crystal Palace

Gary Bowyer says Crystal Palace's Premier League quality stood out as Blackpool exited the second round of the EFL Cup.

Goals from Scott Dann, via a wicked deflection, and Connor Wickham sealed a 2-0 victory for the home side, on a night when new striker Armand Gnanduillet made his first start for The Seasiders.

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

On coming up against a strong Crystal Palace side.

They've not had a win early in their Premier League season so it didn't surprise me. We worked on trying to contain them and catch them on the counter, and maybe nick a goal from a set-play. I thought we had opportunities, especially in the first-half, but overall their quality stands out massively. We're a little bit disappointed with the two goals that we've conceded and the manner of the two goals, but they're a quality side with some world class players. I'm pleased with how some of our lads have gone about it.

Reverting to a wing-back system to contain the opposition.  

With the five and the three in front the plan was to try and keep them in front. With Benteke they've got a different option now, they can put the ball into the box and he attacks them well, but I thought we defended them well. It was just a disappointment with the timing of the goal and how it was.

We were then up against it and we spoke about at half-time having the belief and keeping going. We started the game in the second-half ridiculously stupid but that's about learning, we shouldn't have really rolled it out at that time and Clark has had plenty of time to deal with it. You can't do that against quality Premier League teams.

A promising first start for Armand Gnanduillet.

He did very well with what he could feed off. He was a handful, he had a great run in the first-half, he's a target and I thought he did ever so well in the air. He's only going to get better when he gets more game time.

Focus on the league.   

100 per cent the league is the main thing so we just hope that we can recover well from tonight and then get ready to go for Saturday.


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