REACTION: Bowyer disappointed to bow out of Checkatrade Trophy
Gary Bowyer spoke of his disappointment after his Blackpool side were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy thanks to a penalty shootout defeat to Shrewsbury Town.
The two sides were unable to be separated during the 90 minutes, with both sides exchanging good sides to win it in regulation time only for the tie to end goalless.
It meant Blackpool entered a penalty shootout for the second round running in this competition, having seen off Mansfield Town on spot kicks in the second round.
But this time they weren’t so fortunate with Shrewsbury winning it 4-2 on penalties - Danny Philliskirk and Rowan Roache the men to miss for the Seasiders.
Speaking at the full-time whistle, Bowyer said: “It’s disappointing to go out. When it goes to penalties you’ve got to step up but unfortunately we’ve missed two and find ourselves out of the competition.
“It was unbelievable how it ended 0-0. After ten minutes I turned to the bench and asked ‘well, we should be 2-1 up’.
“They had chances as well so it could have been any score really, first half especially.
“Second half it settled down a little bit but we still had chances.
“I was pleased with some of the performances. It was important to get 90 minutes out of Ollie Turton, it was important to get 90 minutes under Will Aimson too.
“I thought Rowan Roache did well off the bench too and was a real positive for us. At just 17 years of age he did well, apart from his penalty which he normally scores.
“But from a performance point of view I’m delighted."