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Bowyer: Disappointed To Exit

10 January 2017

Manager Reflects On Shoot-out Loss

Gary Bowyer was disappointed to see Blackpool exit the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties after such a good run in the competition. 

The Seasiders, who had won previous games at Everton and Doncaster via a shoot-out, lost 5-4 to Wycombe Wanderers after the third round tie had finished 1-1 in 90 minutes. 

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

Out on penalties. 

I like the format - if it's a draw it goes straight to penalties - but I'm disappointed to be on the wrong end of it today after such a good run with it in previous rounds. 

Game observations. 

I learnt a lot again. You give players opportunities and some have taken them and some haven't. Young Seb has come on and done ever so well, out of position, but he showed flashes of what he's capable of. 

Not capitalising on a strong start. 

It was a great start and then we had the opportunity with the penalty to go two-nil up. It was disappointing from that point of view to have missed that because it would have given us a more comfortable lead. 

Fifth goal of the season for Kelvin Mellor. 

I'm delighted for him, I think we had seven missing and he wasn't down to play initially. Jim McAlister's wife has had a baby so congratulations to them today. As a result, Kelvin found himself back in the team. 

He came off with a bang but we're hoping that's nothing too serious. 

More on a professional debut for Sebastien Des Pres.

He's been training with us for a while and he's someone that plays out of position to fulfill the 11 vs 11s, and he's found himself at right-back a few times. I was delighted with him tonight. He showed great composure with the ball and he knows what he's doing with it. He'll be an asset to us.  

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