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Rovers pay the penalty

7 August 2013

Gary Bowyer reflected on a game that had everything as Rovers crashed out of the Capital One Cup on penalties to Carlisle United.

In an end-to-end encounter that saw Rovers come from behind to lead twice, miss a penalty and have a man sent off, the tie was eventually settled from 12 yards as the home side won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 after the game had ended 3-3 after extra-time.

"From a neutral's point of view it was an entertaining cup-tie, it has had everything," said Bowyer after the game.

"A missed penalty, a sending off, end-to-end, but in terms of our performance I thought we were good with the ball and we should have out of sight.

"We find ourselves a goal down you saw our character, we carried on playing, we got back in the game and got the equaliser.

"Obviously the game changes a little bit on the sending off which is harsh, the referee couldn't wait to get his red card out.

"We've been on the wrong end of a couple of decisions in the two games and I'm sure it will even itself out over the season.

"We've just got to re-group, dust ourselves down and get on with trying to win on Saturday."

Despite the defeat Bowyer felt that there were plenty of positives to take from the Brunton Park showing.

The Rovers boss had taken the opportunity to make eight changes from the side that drew at Derby at the weekend, and he felt that those who came in acquitted themselves well.

"I thought Tom Cairney's performance with the ball was excellent, he showed the fans what he is capable of doing," added Bowyer.

"I thought Josh Morris played ever so well going forward from left back.

"I also thought Yann Sango'o showed what he's capable of doing in his first game, we are delighted with how he has gone about it.

"Taylor has scored again at the back post, he is going to score a number of goals for us this season at the back post, and I was pleased that Judge has come on and got his first goal.

"Then Simon Eastwood has come in and has performed ever so well, he couldn't be faulted for any of the goals and pulls out a save that should be talked about for a while.

"We are very disappointed to be out don't get me wrong. I'm sorry for the fans as well because they have turned out in force tonight and I have to thank them for that.

"But we do leave here with some positives in terms of those individual performances but we are disappointed to have gone out."

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