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Bowyer: Main Objective Achieved

Manager Happy To Progress In Checkatrade Trophy

6 December 2017

Gary Bowyer was pleased to see his Blackpool side achieve its main objective of progressing to round three of the Checkatrade Trophy this evening.

The Seasiders required a penalty shoot-out to see of League Two side Mansfield Town, with the visitors having levelled the tie at 1-1 in the 88th minute.

Scott Quigley scored the decisive penalty for Blackpool, on a night when Clark Robertson made his return from injury.

Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…

Into the next round.

The main objective was to get through and it was any which way you can. That’s what we’ve done, and we’re absolutely delighted. The lads are buzzing because they’re a step closer to Wembley. That was the motivation tonight.

Bouncing back on penalties.

The response to go and win on penalties was terrific, especially when we were the first team to miss. Psychologically to bounce back with the quality of the remaining penalties was very good from us, and what a save from big Chris.

Winning penalty from Scott Quigley.

He did better tonight. He’s been desperate to do well and he’s shown signs of improvement throughout training. He’s been out of the squad and I think that just took the pressure off him and allowed him to concentrate on what he does well. I thought he had a better game tonight and capped it off by scoring the winning penalty.

Another goal from Kelvin Mellor.

It was a great goal. They spent some time yesterday working on the corners and he got a decent delivery from Andy Taylor. He showed last week and last season that he’s such a threat in the opposition box.

Robertson’s return from injury.

I’m absolutely delighted. For me tonight he again showed what a good player he is with his composure and his defending. He’s been a miss for us and the timing of him coming back now is good for us, and it was always the plan to bring him off at half-time.    

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