MX23RW : Thursday, January 23 00:29:05| >> :600:665495:665495:
Jan 14, 2020 at 7.45pm UK at ​Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 5,213
Blackpool
0-2
Reading
FT(HT: 0-1)
Boye (42'), Obita (82')

Mark Bowen full of praise for Reading youngsters after FA Cup win at Blackpool

Mark Bowen full of praise for Reading youngsters after FA Cup win at Blackpool
© Reuters
Reading saw off Blackpool 2-0 in their FA Cup replay.

Mark Bowen might well be in for a selection headache after his hybrid Reading side booked an FA Cup fourth-round ticket with a 2-0 win at Blackpool.

Lucas Boye got the Royals on the board three minutes before the break with Jordan Obita wrapping things up in the 82nd minute, setting up a fourth-round tie at home to either Carlisle or Cardiff.

But Bowen refused to single out his goalscorers for praise, believing that his team – a mix of of youth and experience – were all deserving of equal credit.

"There wasn't anybody really that I could say was struggling with today," he said.

"They all stood up and not just stood up, but they looked like players, proper players.

"I'm delighted because I made my mind up to play senior guys who had waited for games, but youngsters as well.

"Coming to a place like this with the ammunition they've got, the big lad up front (Armand Gnanduillet) can cause you problems and I knew it was going to be a battle.

"But in a funny way, it never became that battle because our decisions on the ball were really clever and sharp at times.

"I thought we just handled the game well right throughout, professional. I thought Tom McIntyre was absolutely awesome at the back.

"They made good decisions on the ball, good passing at times, and creating problems. We hit the bar twice, hit the post once as well, so it's a really accomplished performance from a young side."

An even game saw chances for both teams before the break, but it was the visiting Championship side who proved ruthless when Boye poked home.

Though Blackpool created chances for Gnanduillet and Nathan Delfouneso, Obita killed the game with a header in the 82nd minute.

And Blackpool boss Simon Grayson believes it is that clinical edge that separated the sides.

"I think their keeper's made two or three good saves from us, but I think I sound like a broken record at times," he said.

"I can't fault the players with the work-rate that they've put in and their attitude has been good, but it's just the quality sometimes.

"When we're under no pressure, we give it away too cheaply, we make the wrong decisions and if you give the ball away to good Championship players, they're going to punish you.

"Tonight we didn't really get punished too much and we were our own downfall, with the goals we conceded, but we've got to do better with the ball.

"Too many times we've given it away too easily and too cheaply, not enough care and not enough pride in it."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Mark Bowen

Click here for more stories about Blackpool

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Brian Barry-Murphy pictured on December 1, 2019
Read Next:
Barry-Murphy: 'Rochdale are giddy with excitement to face Newcastle'
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Coppa Italia
Australian Open Second Round
12am
Bedene
Gulbis
12am
Sugita
Rublev
12am
Basilashvili
Verdasco
12am
Collins
Putintseva
12am
Mertens
Watson
12am
Swiatek
Suarez Navarro
12am
Pavlyuchenkova
Townsend
12am
Vekic
Cornet
12am
Bellis
Muchova
12am
Diyas
Blinkova
12am
Bencic
Ostapenko
12am
Muguruza
Tomljanovic
2am
Monfils
Karlovic
2am
Medvedev
Martinez
2am
Sorribes Tormo
Kontaveit
2am
Rodionova
Bertens
2am
Siegemund
Pliskova
3am
Gerasimov
Zverev
3.30am
Fritz
Anderson
4am
Munar
Popyrin
4am
Goffin
Herbert
4am
Bolt
Thiem
4.30am
Hon
Kerber
5am
Kuznetsova
Giorgi
5.45am
Kyrgios
Simon
6am
Isner
Tabilo
6am
Gojowczyk
Carreno Busta
7am
Ymer
Khachanov
8am
Seppi
Wawrinka
8am
Dart
Halep
10am
Nadal
Delbonis
10.30am
Svitolina
Davis
Coupe de la Ligue
Copa del Rey
Scottish Premiership
Greek Superleague
Copa Libertadores
AFC Champions League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd249783629734
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!