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Tony: We were unfortunate tonight

The boss felt luck wasn't on his side this evening as Rovers crashed out of the Carabao Cup

25 September 2018

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After a battliny display, Tony Mowbray was left ruing his side's luck after Callum Wilson's late header dumped Rovers out of the Carabao Cup.

After going 2-0 down in Dorset, Rovers showed their character to come back from the dead through Craig Conway's screamer and an Adam Armstrong penalty.

But after Wilson won it with one of the last touches in the game, Mowbray was left content with what he saw from his much changed team but frustrated by the end result.

“We came to have a go and ask some questions of them and we felt we did that," the boss said after the game.

“A penalty shootout is a bit of a lottery but it would have been nice for us to have got through to that.
“It was about the performance levels from the team tonight and I felt the levels were good after the first 15 minutes when we came to terms with the game.
“The lads played against a Premier League team there with some huge signings. There was a £25m midfielder that we were up against tonight. Wilson and [Josh] King came on and we gave a good account of ourselves. We can count ourselves unlucky to have not come out of the tie with a victory in my opinion.
“We’re trying to build a club at Rovers. We’re looking to continually build to get ourselves back in the Premier League at some point in the future.
“There were some good performances tonight but we’re disappointed with the way they scored the winner and their second goal was definitely not a penalty in my opinion."
Derrick Williams was sent off late in the day before the winning goal, and Tony says he feels Simon Hooper made the correct call to hand the Republic of Ireland a straight red card.
“We can’t complain. He was the last man, he slipped and the boy is about to go through to score," Mowbray added.
“It was instinct after slipping on his backside. He has to make a decision and he’s hand-balled it. It’s a shame because when the corner came in a moment later he would have probably been the one to head the damn thing away! That’s football."

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