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We limited them to very few chances and worked incredibly hard to keep our first clean sheet of the season.

Gary Rowett
Gary Rowett on his side’s cup progress…

“If you look at the challenges of playing in the Capital One Cup and making so many chances, playing against a team that are going to have real desire to come here and win the game, lots of things can go wrong.

“I was really pleased with the first-half, but I still felt we could do better and have a little bit more control when we attacked and built possession, and worked a little bit harder when we didn’t have the ball to stop them getting into our half as easily.

“They had one or two chances from our impetuousness when we defended and maybe just giving free-kicks away.

“I wanted a little bit more from them at half-time and I told them that. We came out in the second-half and I thought we played a little bit higher up the pitch again and passed the ball really well; some of our movement and interchange of positions was very good.

“I was really, really pleased. We limited them to very few chances and worked incredibly hard to keep our first clean sheet of the season.

“That’s probably the first game we’ve seen out comfortably for about five years – that’s what it feels like anyway!”

Gary Rowett on the performance of two-goal match-winner Wes Thomas…

“It’s a difficult role for Wes to play. It’s not his natural role.

“I said to the players that we can’t expect Wes to play the same way as Clayton (Donaldson), so therefore the players behind him have to work harder to get the ball and then he comes to life, because we know he offers that real threat in behind.

“His two goals are poacher’s goals. The first one comes off a corner and he reacts the quickest to it in and around the keeper.

“The second one comes off the second phase of a corner and it ends up being helped back into the box and he stays onside and reacts quickest with a finish.

“I was really pleased with the way he took his two goals. He worked very hard tonight.”      

Gary Rowett on handing a debut late in the game to Viv Solomon-Otabor (and Nicolai Brock-Madsen)…

“One of our aims if the game went well was to get Viv, Brock and Brownie (Reece Brown) onto the pitch and we were able to do that.

“At any level of football if you go into the last 15 minutes of the game you want pace to try and stretch the game and Viv has got that.

“He showed that in most of the training sessions so far. He’s behind some of the players in terms of opportunities so he’s got to work very hard but he’s done that and showed a really good appetite.” 

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