Barrow AFC's players have been challenged to be more ruthless in front of goal after a second stalemate in successive games.

The scoreless Carabao Cup game at Derby County, which ended with a penalty win for the Rams, was followed by a carbon copy at Blackpool on Tuesday in the EFL Trophy.

The sides couldn't be separated in normal time, with the Tangerines coming out 5-3 winners on spot kicks after Chris Maxwell denied Connor Brown from 12 yards.

Bluebirds boss David Dunn was happy with another competitive performance from his side, but has challenged his players to be more clinical in front of goal after a second straight stalemate.

He said: "Again I thought it was important after Saturday's game where we kept a clean sheet, that we back it up again with a good performance.

"I said to them when we're really difficult to break down and when we create good chances to score, we have got to be a bit more clinical.

"But overall I was really pleased with a lot of performances out there.

"There were a lot of good performances in games where we have played a good championship team and then three days later we've faced a Blackpool team that haven't made changes and will be looking to go up this season.

"We've come a long way in a short space of times and I've been happy with the players over the last four to five weeks."

Dunn made a number of changes from last weekend's cup clash at Pride Park, and welcomed back striker Scott Quigley to the starting line-up.

The Bluebirds boss praised the players who came in and insisted he will need every single one of his squad throughout the season.

And he also heaped praise on Quigley, who came back in from suspension, but will have to serve the another two games of a three match ban, starting with Stevenage on Saturday.

He added: "If we are going to be reasonably successful this year we are going to need everyone in the squad.

"It is more pleasing for me that I'm getting more confident that I can rely on every single one of them, and over the season I'm going to need every single one of them to play a really big part.

"Scott worked his socks off, we all know what he brings.

"He is a nuisance for defenders. I thought Luke James also had a good game alongside him."

Dunn also confirmed Brad Barry should return from injury in the coming days, and he is also hopeful Patrick Rough is close to a return to action. However Dunn did not give an update on Josh Kay and Matty Platt.