Date: 31st August 2016 at 7:00pm
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Manager Gary Bowyer has praised the impact of the substitute in last night’s victory over Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy.

Coming from a goal behind in the game to take a two one victory and maximum points from the opening group stage game of the competition, Bowyer was thrilled with the impact that Jack Payne and Kyle Vassell had when he introduced them after the half time break.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Bowyer explained about the overall performance.

‘It was important that we got that feeling of winning a game of football again. Our football throughout the season, in my opinion, has been decent and the lads have took on board what I’ve asked them to do. We played a different system again tonight and it was a little bit groundhog day, deja vu in the first 15 minutes because we should have been out of sight. We conceded from Cheltenham’s point of view what they’d say is a well-worked goal but we didn’t track our runner very well and we found ourselves a goal down, yet we played really well and created some good chances again. But fair play to the impact that the substitutes had at half-time.’

Adding.

‘We were restricted by the numbers and you have to play people catching up on minutes. Mark Cullen has missed a bit of pre-season and the big man (Armand Gnanduillet) has not had much time in pre-season, either. It was important from that point of view. We also wanted to look after Armand and the plan was always for him to only play 45.’

With Vassell getting the brace on the day, Bowyer was delighted to see him bounce back from injury in such fashion.

‘We were really disappointed when he picked up his injury and was out for the games that he’s missed. You see the impact that he has on the team and what a loss he was. We’re delighted that he was back involved on Saturday briefly, but tonight has just built him back up again and the two goals will give him massive confidence.’

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