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Ryan Bowman reflects on Town's win over Carlisle United

5 December 2021

Ryan Bowman reflects on Town's 2-1 win away from home over Carlisle United in the second round of the FA Cup.

Shrewsbury Town's Emirates FA Cup second round fixture away from home with Carlisle United ended with Town securing passage into the third round of the competition.

Tom Bloxham and Ryan Bowman were the duo on hand to ensure Town left the north with the win as Steve Cotterill's team shifts focus onto Wednesday's Sky Bet League One action.

Ryan Bowman was pleased with the win and felt the Shrews deserved their progression into the next round of the competition.

"From a personal point of view, I'm happy with a goal in front of my hometown team. The most important thing was getting the job done. These games are never easy, especially coming away against a team like Carlisle. They made it tough for us and caused us problems. They had some good chances but we defended well. It's a shame we conceded so late on because the boys at the back were fantastic. We should have put them to the sword and kept going. We came off it a little bit. We got the second goal and that eased a little bit of pressure. Tom Bloxham has his world at his feet. His all-around game is top drawer.

"As I said, they caused us problems but not too many real threatening problems. They had a couple of half-chances which they feel they should have done better with. For my Goal, it was a great through-ball from Dan and I didn't know whether to shoot on my left or not. I tried to get it onto my right foot to give myself a better chance of hitting the back of the net.

"Coming back here brought back so many memories. I've played on that pitch so many times for the reserves and the first team. It's home for me and my parents. They were all there for the game so it was a brilliant day for myself. I just need to start scoring a little bit more in the league now. When you're out there on the pitch as a striker, you just want to score as much as possible. We will hopefully take this onto Wednesday.

"I would like a big team away in the next round. I've never played against a big team away in the cup. Newcastle United away would be good. We didn't expect as many fans as we would for a league game but credit to them. They sang all the way through and we don't take that for granted.

"We'll have a rest tomorrow and then get back in on Monday to work on Wigan. We played them not so long ago so we will be ready for Wednesday."

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