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Bowyer Thrilled With Display

6 December 2016

Manager On Blackpool's Checkatrade Trophy Progress at Doncaster

Gary Bowyer was thrilled to see so many of his players step up and perform admirably, as The Seasiders beat Doncaster Rovers to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Some clinical penalties once again saw the team through to the next stage, after the second round tie had finished 1-1 in normal time. 

With many players from the weekend struggling with knocks, the manager made 10 changes for the match at the Keepmoat and also included youth team scholars Christian N'Guessan and Rowan Roache on the bench.  

Speaking post-match, here's what the manager had to say...

Squad Delight. 

I'm delighted for the lads and the supporters that came this far on a Tuesday night, we really appreciate their support. Yesterday we only had three players from Saturday that trained with us, so we had to make the changes anyway. You've seen what an honest bunch of lads I've got and we've really enjoyed coming here today and performing like we have done. 

Change of system.

We had one session on it yesterday, with the shape, and the way we went about it was terrific. I felt that we should have been leading by more than one at half-time. Darren then has to make his changes and brings two of his first-team players on from Saturday that strengthened them, obviously. We were then on the back foot a little bit but grew into the game again and created two great chances. I'm not sure they were both offside so we felt hard done by with that. We're delighted to get the result. 

Promising partnership between Cullen and Gnanduillet. 

They were a real handful, especially first-half, they were terrific. They showed what back-up we've got there and the quality that we've got there. I feel sorry for the pair of them, they want to be playing more and I understand that. The timing of it for Cully especially is the one that has been frustrating for him because he'd just scored at Barnet, gets injured and finds himself out of the team. But when striker's are scoring goals you've got to stick with them.

Involvement of youth players in the squad. 

Christian and Rowan have been with us and it's been a great experience for them. To get Roachey on the pitch was good and the manner in which he took his penalty shows the confidence that he's got in his ability. 

Jack Redshaw's return.

I'm absolutely delighted for him, it's been a frustrating time for him. But the strength of character that he's got has been brilliant, and we said that in the meeting before the game - we had to go and display that mentality that Jack's shown. I'm delighted that he got on the pitch and scored his penalty as well.    

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