Allardyce praises youngsters
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Allardyce blooded several youngsters, including the impressive Ricardo Vaz Te (pictured), and was pleased with the way his side battled back to earn a replay after falling behind to Siomn Haworth's opener.
Kevin Nolan equalised with a solo effort soon after Hume shot straight at Kevin Poole when clean through on goal.
"From an entertainment point of view, it was a fantastic game for the fans," said Allardyce.
"Tranmere had an opportunity to win the game, and Brian (Little) will be very disappointed there. You've got to make sure and put it away when you get the opportunity to beat a bigger team.
"Ultimately, they paid the price.
"It was a fantastic goal by Nolan. From our point of view, it was an excellent game.
"We had five or six academy players in the game, and that's great experience for them. It was a difficult game but we deserved a draw.
"When I change the side, I'm not supposed to do it. Sir Alex Ferguson can do it, Arsene Wenger can do it but, when I do it, it is a problem.
"Yet I've got a result and we're in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup by doing the same thing.
"We probably could have done without an extra game but it gives the squad players and academy players very good experience.
"We blooded some academy players, we needed to have a look at the younger end and see if they can cope and, at times, they did very well."
Allardyce also had words of praise for veteran stand-in keeper Kevin Poole.
"We had a bit of luck and, at times, 'Super Cat' in goal kept us in the game," he added.