Post-Match: Phillips on Bolton's Defeat to Reading

  • April 02, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips believes Rob Holding was unfortunate to see red against Reading, claiming the defender appeared to win the ball prior to his dismissal.

Holding was sent off just 22 minutes into Wanderers' defeat to the Royals after he was adjudged to have fouled Matej Vydra inside the box, following which a spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Ben Amos.

Speaking after the game, Phillips was of the opinion that Holding should have remained on the field of play, but gave credit to the rest of his players after coming within a whisker of securing an unlikely point.

"From where I was looking in the technical area, the ball seemed to shoot off towards the left," Phillips told BBC Radio Manchester. "So my take is that Rob Holding seemed to get a clear foot to the ball and divert it to the left.

"The referee saw differently and that changed the game dramatically. Everything we'd worked on, to play the 4-2-3-1, suddenly had to change.

"Ben Amos made a great save from the penalty which kept us in the game and also gave us hope that we could get something out of it."

Phillips was criticised by supporters for his decision to introduce Emile Heskey as a late substitute, a decision he claims to have made upon advice from coaching advisor Peter Reid.

"I think we will have the players with us until the end of the season," he added. "It will be the same squad we're working with and where we can blood one or two of the younger players in we will do.

"I was going to give Alex Samizadeh a run for the last 10 minutes, but Peter Reid quite rightly said Reading were looking to put more balls in the box, particularly getting more set-plays, and Emile Heskey could have been a real asset in defending those.

"It was just ironic that as soon as Emile gets on the pitch we concede to a great strike for the winning goal.

"The way the players stuck to the task and closed Reading down, even though they were up against it, was pleasing because after the previous game that's something we didn't see - we saw a different side to their character today.

"We know we need to have more quality when in possession, but they are things that we're going to be working on."

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