Gary Bowyer was disappointed to exit the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties, yet full of praise for debutant goalkeeper Joe Lumley and the returning Jim McAlister.
On a night where a 0-0 scoreline resulted in a shoot-out, the performance of Pool’s new loanee from QPR and McAlister’s cameo off the bench after an 11-month lay-off were huge positives.
I thought the first-half was very, very open, both teams had lots of chances and it could have been any score at half-time. To go in at 0-0, I was very surprised. In the end it goes to penalties and unfortunately for us their goalie has made one very good save and we’ve blasted one over to find ourselves out of the competition. We’ve won rounds previously on penalties so we were confident going into it.
Joe Lumley’s display on debut.
I certainly didn’t want him to be as busy as that in the first-half but, at the same time, it has given us a great look at him. I thought he was immense for us tonight. He’s a good physical size and he uses his presence well. He’s done well, and it’s what we’ve brought him in for.
Return of Jim McAlister.
The massive positive for us is obviously Jim McAlister tonight. For him to have battled back and gone on and showed us what he’s capable of, I’ve got nothing but praise for him. First and foremost, he’s a wonderful bloke but the effort he’s shown – he’s a fantastic example to the young players in there with his desire, heart and bravery to get back on the pitch.