Phillips Blames Missed Chances For Defeat

  • October 27, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips says Bolton were made to rue missed chances as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

Lee Chung-Yong had given Wanderers the a 43rd minute lead, but the South Korea international would later miss two guilt-edged chances to double the advantage, prior to Scott McDonald's second half brace giving Boro the victory.

Speaking after the game, Phillips believes Bolton should have taken at least a point from the game and he was disappointed to lose after going in ahead at the break.

"At 1-0, we certainly had the opportunities to increase our lead, but we didn't take them," Phillips told the club's official website.

"Middlesbrough came back strongly in the second half and it was always going to be difficult for us when they pulled it back to 1-1.

"In the second half, they went more direct with their play, looking for the taller strikers. We looked to counter that, but we need to develop a ruthless streak and tighten up defensively.

"The players are all disappointed, as, having taken the lead, we should have gone onto secure a point at the very least.

"Our fans were fantastic again today and I would like to thank them for their support. We have really appreciated it. I'd also like to thank Sammy (Lee) and Julian (Darby), who have been tremendous.

"The players have responded to what we have asked them to do and we have really enjoyed working with them.

"Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed our three games looking after the first team. Obviously, I am disappointed not to add to our points tally.

"Hopefully we have improved the team and we would have loved to have handed over to Dougie on the back of a win, but it wasn't to be."

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