Capital One Cup: Scunthorpe boss revels in shock cup win at Blackburn
Last Updated: 14/08/14 8:23am
Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox hailed his side's "outstanding" performance as they shocked Blackburn 1-0 in the Capital One Cup first round.
In a game of few chances, the League One side hit the front after 33 minutes when Neal Bishop found space at the near post to glance in Gary McSheffrey's corner to give the visitors their first ever win over Rovers.
The Championship rallied in the second half and had the ball in the net when substitute Rudy Gestede fired home but Luke Varney had fouled goalkeeper Sam Slocombe in the build up and the visitors held on.
It was the perfect way to bounce back from the opening-day league defeat to Swindon and Wilcox was understandably enthused after Scunthorpe defeated Championship opposition at this stage of the competition for the second time in three seasons.
He said: "We're just delighted with our performance and I thought without the ball we learnt lessons from Saturday. We sat a little bit deeper, with two banks of four and a striker off, but then when we did get the ball we kept it well, moved it well and frustrated Blackburn.
"The best form of defending is looking after the ball. We've spoken about it as we've stepped up a level. We've stepped up a couple of levels tonight against a Championship, and we're really pleased with the overall performance.
"I think it gives us huge confidence. It's only one win, but we take what we're given. We've come here and put in an outstanding performance and it generates cash for the football club."
The first-round defeat was Blackburn's second consecutive at this stage of the competition, and boss Gary Bowyer felt it was the worst performance during his tenure.
"From our point of view it's not acceptable. In my time here that's the worst we've been, especially the first 45 minutes and I have to give credit to Scunthorpe. No excuses from our side," he said.
"I think when Rudy Gestede and Craig Conway came on it made a difference but how we went about it first half wasn't good enough and we won't hide from that.
"The manner of the performance was not acceptable."
Despite it being the first competitive defeat for Blackburn since March, Bowyer did not feel there were any positives to take from the game, and after making 10 changes from the draw at Cardiff, admitted some of his fringe players failed to stake their claim for a regular starting berth.
He said: "As a manager, you get players knocking on your door and asking why they're not in the team. Well tonight has presented that opportunity. Some have taken it, and some haven't. It's as simple as that.
"It's difficult to pinpoint any positives in a performance like that."