Post-Match: Phillips on Bolton's Defeat at Brentford

  • April 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips refused to hold back with his criticism for Bolton's players, after they completed a year without an away win with a 3-1 defeat at Brentford.

Wanderers found themselves three goals down inside 36 minutes at Griffin Park, as they crashed to another heavy loss on their travels that means anything but victory at Derby County on Saturday will see them relegated to League One for the first time since 1993.

Speaking after the game, Phillips admitted the performance levels of certain individuals has been well short of the required standard during this time as interim manager and players must learn to be more determined if they are to have a future at Macron Stadium.

"The first half, we all know, everyone who was here from Bolton, all my staff and players know it was another poor performance," Phillips told BBC Radio Manchester.

"To allow strikers free headers from the centre of the goal for their third, to be knocked off the ball for the second, it's just poor defending.

"There's no excuse for it and I'm not even going to attempt to give an excuse for it. The future has got to be far more determined for anybody who wants to wear a Bolton Wanderers shirt.

"I've been searching for more fight than we had in the Bristol City game and I think that's perhaps part of the problem we've had all season.

"If it (relegation) does happen, it's not because of losing at Derby, it's the whole season.

"We've done the last three games and we've been disappointed with what we've seen in many ways. I'd have to say the second-half performance here is something akin to what we've been trying to get from the players all along.

"They've got to battle first and foremost, and then play their football. We've seen the other side, where people are trying to play football before they've won their individual battles."

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