Pratley Breaks Silence to Apologise to Bolton Supporters

  • March 21, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Darren Pratley says Bolton's players 'can't hide' from their current predicament, after remaining silent following their 6-0 defeat at Bristol City.

In their first outing since Neil Lennon's departure last Tuesday, Wanderers were resoundingly beaten at Ashton Gate on an afternoon where their status as the Championship's bottom club was fully justified.

While interim boss Jimmy Phillips spoke publicly after the game, players opted to remain out of the media spotlight and brought further unwanted criticism from club supporters.

Pratley, captain of the first-team, has now broken that silence, issuing an apology to the 760 who made the long journey to Bristol, saying not one player can defend themselves from negative comments aimed towards them.

"We've let the club down and we all know that," Pratley told the club's official website. "After all the club has been through of late we should be doing better and we know that.

"We're sorry to all of the fans that travelled to the game. What we served up simply wasn't good enough. Throughout this season the fans have stuck with us, but after the Bristol City game I don't think any one of us can challenge any of the criticism that comes our way.

"It also wasn't a fair reflection on Jimmy Phillips. We've let him down in his first game as interim manager. He set us up in training on the Friday, but the game plan went right out of the window after three minutes. We can't keep looking to the bench for inspiration - we have to shoulder the responsibility and adjust to what is going on.

"What happened at Bristol City can never happen again. There are ways of getting beat and that was unacceptable.

"We have to try and restore some pride between now and the end of the season, starting with our next game against Reading. Over the international break we'll be training hard. We can't hide from our situation right now."

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