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Bowyer: Wrong Side Of Key Moments

28 January 2017

Manager Reflects On FA Cup At Blackburn

Gary Bowyer says the key moments didn't go Blackpool's way, as the team lost out 2-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

The manager watched his side reduced to 10 men and hit the bar at Ewood Park, while the opener for the opposition is one he'd like to look at again. 

Despite that, he remained proud of his players' efforts in the competition as a whole and praised the character on display following Kelvin Mellor's dismissal. 

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

Thoughts on the game. 

When you come to a Championship team you always want to get through the first opening 10 minutes and we were disappointed that we conceded a goal like that. It looked marginally offside to us but I'll go and have a look at it again. 

We reacted OK, we kept going and kept trying to get on the ball and play. Then we lose a second goal and you have to take your hat off to the lad, it's a wonderful strike and when those go in there's not a great deal you can do about that.

We started to grow into the game and have a couple of goes, a couple of half chances in the first-half. In the second-half we asked them to push on a little bit more and give it a good go. We made the changes, attacking changes and then we get the lad sent off, Kelvin Mellor. Then that changes the game a little bit. 

Response with 10 men.  

It's a fantastic response from us. At 2-0 down and with 10 men they could cave in, but they didn't and that's credit to their spirit and character. They kept fighting and Will's header is a big moment because at 2-1 the game changes. We've not quite been on the right side of the key moments today. 

Lessons from facing Championship opposition. 

They've always had a good go, we've played three games against Championship teams (in the FA Cup) and performed admirably in my opinion. We've got to take the positives from it and obviously the lessons that we've learnt today and against Barnsley we've got to put into our league programme now. 

Last few days of transfer window. 

We might need cover in Kelvin Mellor's area, obviously with the sending off that forces our hand a little bit. We'll see what we can do with that. If not, we'll go with what we've got because I'm happy to work with what we've got.   

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