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Bowyer: We Had The Opportunities

Manager On Carabao Cup Exit

8 August 2017

Gary Bowyer was disappointed to exit the Carabao Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic, especially given the chances his side created.

The Seasiders had 18 shots on goal in the first round tie at The DW Stadium, with eight hitting the target. 

While happy with some of the attacking play on show, Bowyer stressed the need to capitalise on such opportunities. 

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

Chances to progress.

We’ve certainly had great opportunities to have scored more than the one that we have. We’re disappointed because we wanted to get through to the next round.

Converting opportunities.

It was a really good performance going forward, however we’ve not converted so that’s the work that needs to be done.

Disappointing goals to concede.

It’s two poor goals from our point of view. The first one we’re in comfortable possession and give it away cheaply, and the second one we know what Jordan can do and we’ve given him far too much space.

Signs of style.

We’ve asked them to play a good brand of football and we’re certainly doing that. In the first two games already you can see the work we’ve done on the training pitch, but we’ve got to start converting these chances and winning football matches now.

Peter Hartley with the goal.

He said he was the one with the last touch on it and he’s got that ability to be fair to him. We spoke about that yesterday when we were doing the set-plays because he’s a threat in the opposition’s box as well.

Benefit of certain players getting 90 minutes.

It’s always important getting 90 minutes under your belt and that’s the main thing. We said to them today to go and stake a claim for a place in the team on Saturday, and I was impressed with some of the performances.   

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