Post-Match: Phillips on Bolton's Defeat at Cardiff City

  • April 23, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips believes a misfortune of luck denied Bolton at least a point, as they were beaten 2-1 by Cardiff City in the Welsh capital.

Zach Clough fired Wanderers into an early lead courtesy of a stunning free-kick, but the Bluebirds came back to win thanks to second-half goals from Kenneth Zohore and Peter Whittingham (pen).

The game changed on the half-hour, with the visitors leading 1-0, and Phillips admits the sending off of Niall Maher perhaps showed some of the inexperience in the young team he is trying to establish at the present moment in time.

"I was actually speaking to Stephen Dobbie at the time so I missed the sending off," Phillips told BBC Radio Manchester. "He was coming on for Darren Pratley, who had got concussion.

"It's inexperience from Niall. He perhaps didn't need to make the challenge as high up the pitch as possible, but he'll learn from it.

"It did change the game. After that we tried to make it as difficult for Cardiff as possible, knowing that they'd have a lot of possession, and to limit their clearcut chances.

"In the second half I thought we, as a team, had the three clearest chances of the game and on another day may have scored to go 2-0 up.

"It wasn't to be. Kaiyne Woolery was through on goal and pulled back so couldn't get a clear contact on it, so that's where you need a bit of fortune and maybe get a penalty.

"Having gone down to 10 men I thought the players did everything right. They defended resolutely, worked hard and limited Cardiff to putting balls in our box which the defenders dealt with very well and I don't think Ben Amos had many saves to make.

"I think it was a disciplined performance, something that is going to have to be part of our makeup as a club next season away from home.

"They are all really quiet because even though we are already relegated, they all wanted to win which is an encouraging sign."

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