Date: 22nd September 2016 at 6:40pm
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Manager Owen Coyle has said he feels Blackburn were unfortunate to not be in the fourth round draw last night following the loss to Leeds United on Tuesday evening.

Travelling to Elland Road for the third round League Cup clash, Blackburn went a goal down with five minutes remaining in the game, but on the balance of play Coyle told in his post game press conference, that he felt the game could easily have gone the other way.

‘I think we had some of the best chances in the game and could have scored if not for a fantastic double save in the second half. I think we also had a strong case for a penalty turned down late on. We had a very young side out, making nine changes, which can sometimes mean you lose a little cohesion and fluidity but I thought tonight the young lads worked their socks off. Losing Scott Wharton with an injury five minutes in to the game was a blow. But Ryan Nyambe who we brought on, and whose natural position is right back, deputised tremendously well. I think we can feel unfortunate to be out of the EFL Cup considering how hard we worked and what we brought to the game.’

Elliott Bennett was singing from the same hymnsheet as he spoke to the media following the game.

‘As a team we are bitterly disappointed to lose the game. I don’t think there was much in the game at all, we had a few chances, they had a few chances. Neither team created anything what you’d call clear-cut have to score opportunities. So I thought we were destined for extra-time until we got caught with a sucker-punch. I honestly don’t think we deserved to get beat, especially with the manner of the goal, David Raya didn’t deserve that, I thought he was fantastic.’

Making a return to the side himself following defeat, he added.

‘I don’t like making excuses, we all train together every single day, everybody knows each other, it isn’t like the gaffer has got a load of strangers off the streets and said go and have a game. We all know each other, we know how each other plays now. Obviously it is difficult for everyone when there are wholesale changes but you can’t make that as an excuse, Leeds made changes as well and that is just sometimes the way it is.’

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