Bowyer not getting carried away

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer masterminded his second FA Cup victory over Premier League opposition but laughed off suggestions his side could win the competition.

Rovers recovered from Stoke striker Peter Crouch’s 10th-minute opener to win 4-1 with a hat-trick from Josh King and a penalty – which also led to the sending off of Potters defender Geoff Cameron – from top scorer Rudy Gestede.

Rovers, having beaten Swansea in the previous round, are now into their second quarter-final in three years alongside fellow Sky Bet Championship side Reading; and with many of the top clubs already out, the FA Cup is opening up for a team to make a run at winning it.

“Win it? Do me a favour, I have just finished this game,” said Bowyer.

“We are just delighted to be in the next round. We would love another home tie and then we will go from there.”

King, who failed to make the grade at Manchester United having joined them as a 16-year-old from Norwegian side Valerenga, was a constant menace with his pace and he won the penalty which resulted in a fifth opposition player being sent off in Rovers’ fifth FA Cup tie in succession.

“We identified areas (where) we thought we might get success and King’s pace was one of them and the rest of the team played to his strengths,” added Bowyer.

“He has fantastic pace and the most pleasing thing was he finished those.

“Kingy is going to get the plaudits for his hat-trick and rightly so but he will be the first to say he needs the lads to put the ball in the right areas.

“I thought to a man we were excellent, outstanding. Full praise to the lads. I don’t think they got enough credit for what they did in the last round.

“To go down 1-0 so early and come back made it a great cup tie.”

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, a three-time FA Cup winner as a Manchester United player, had no complaints about the result.

“We got our noses in front and you think we have a bit of a platform,” he said.

“But we allowed Blackburn a few opportunities, didn’t defend a corner properly – which has been a bit of a problem for us this year – and we needed to get to half-time intact and change a few things.

“To concede the penalty and lose a man is too difficult for us which it shouldn’t have been.

“All in all, it was a very poor performance.

“Blackburn executed their game plan far better and we didn’t deal with their front guys.

“I was disappointed as a whole. We didn’t do the fundamentals. It doesn’t matter who you are up against, you need to do them.

“I have no complaints.”

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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