Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Blackpool

  • August 09, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson bemoaned his team's ability to kill teams off, after Bolton were beaten 4-2 after extra-time at Blackpool in the EFL Cup.

After taking the lead on half-time at Bloomfield Road, through Jamie Proctor's first goal for the club, Wanderers fell behind after the break and forced extra-time when Kaiyne Woolery slotted home in the closing stages.

The Seasiders would go on to secure victory in the additional 30 minutes, however, leaving Parkinson bemused as to how his players failed to progress, claiming they must be more ruthless when on top in games.

"We should have been out of sight," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "At 1-0 up in the second half, we dominated and had chance after chance to extend our lead.

"We had an absolute certain penalty that wasn't given. I've seen it and the lad has flung his arms out to stop a certain goal. The ref is stood just outside the box and it's almost incredible how he hasn't given that.

"Whether the player is five yards away and it hits his hand, or ten yards away, if you stop a certain goal by using your arms then it's got to be a penalty and maybe the lad gets sent off.

"We should have been out of sight and then we switched off for four minutes and got punished. It was the only real time, in that second period in particular, where we'd been threatened at all.

"We got back in the game with a terrific goal by Kaiyne and extra-time was even-stevens until the break, then they got the decisive goals.

"The second one we were throwing men forward and got done on the break, so I'm not too bothered about that one because we had to try and get back in the game.

"There was a lot of good stuff from us. Some of the football we played was excellent but the lesson from tonight is that when we have that dominance we have to punish teams, and we were unable to do that.

"We're disappointed to go out. We had a terrific travelling army of fans and we wanted to get through for them as well, but it wasn't to be. We gave everything, we just couldn't kill the game off when we had that dominant spell."

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