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Mixed emotions for Arma

Another goal for Adam Armstrong, but that didn't stop Rovers bowing out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday

26 September 2018

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Adam Armstrong may have got his name on the scoresheet at AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night, but the 21-year-old was left disappointed it didn't count for much at the Vitality Stadium.

The striker pulled Rovers level from the spot soon after Craig Conway had grabbed a goal back following the hosts' 2-0 lead.

But Rovers were dealt a killer blow in the dying embers of the game, with Derrick Williams seeing red for handball before Callum Wilson glanced home a header to take the hosts through.

“I just put the penalty in the bottom corner. I got a little bit of luck with it going in off the post, but I’ll take it! I thought I hit it well, so if it had bounced out I’d have been a bit gutted. It went in, so happy days," Armstrong said to iFollow Rovers when reflecting on his goal.

“If you look back at it, we basically had 11 men forward at the end. We got caught on the break, but we kept digging deep. We can take a lot of positives; we played really well up until the final second. They’re a top-level side, so it will do us good.

“It’s mixed emotions tonight. We shouldn’t be giving goals away like that at the end; we’ve done it a few times this season. We played well against a Premier League though and were unlucky not to get through in the end.

“That’s football. We know the quality they’ve got and these things can happen if you don’t switch on. We have to look back at it and see where it went wrong.

“I didn’t really see the sending off. I think I turned around and the ref had blown his whistle. After that, we had to dig deep and unfortunately we couldn’t get there in the end.

“The lads have given everything tonight. We kept going and kept pushing them until the end. On another day, both sides could have scored four or five, but we’ll move on now and look forward to Forest on Saturday."

It was a memorable night for Conway, who was appearing for the 500th time in his club career, and Armstrong was quick to pay tribute to "a great professional".

“Craig’s been here a long time now, he’s really good with the lads and you know what you’re getting with him. I thought he was quality tonight; he took his goal really well and on another night we could have won," Arma added.

“You need leaders on the pitch and Craig’s one of them. As I said, he helped us push through right until the end but we’ll look back at the goals we conceded.

“Hopefully I can reach the 500 games figure like Craig one day, I just need to kick ticking them off. He’s a great professional, he’s done well in his career and he’s still doing well."

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