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Carabao Cup

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Manager Gary Bowyer had mixed emotions after Salford City were beaten on penalties away at Derby County in the Carabao Cup.

Live on Sky Sports, The Ammies surprised everyone by racing into a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes away at the Championship side after goals from Jordan Turnbull and Josh Morris.

Wayne Rooney’s side pulled a goal back before the break when Isaac Hutchinson turned smartly and stuck a low shot past Tom King, with substitute Colin Kazim-Richards levelling the scores from 12 yards midway through the second half.

Morris doubled his tally minutes later, also from a penalty, before Derby debutant Ravel Morrison lashed in an effort from outside the box to take the game to penalties. The Rams scored all five of their kicks, which was enough to see them through 5-3 after Luke Burgess’ effort was saved. 

While disappointed to not win the game, the Manager was encouraged by some aspects of the performance.

“There will be people who will be proud of the performance but we’ve come away from home and scored three goals, and we’ve not won the game which is disappointing from our point and something for us to learn. 

“But there are certain positive I think we can take away from tonight, I think the reaction of Derby as a football club at the end tells its own tale so we take that going forward. 

“We gave a good account of ourselves, we dust ourselves down now and we’ve got to get ready for Saturday.”

The Ammies are back at The Peninsula Stadium on the weekend when Sutton United visit in Sky Bet League Two (KO 15:00).