Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Everton U23

  • August 30, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson thought Bolton lacked quality in defeat to Everton U23 and hopes to remedy the situation in the closing stages of the transfer window.

Goals in each half from Calum Dyson and Conor McAleny gave a young Toffees side victory at Macron Stadium, on a night where just 1,540 supporters set a new record low turnout in the ground's 19-year history.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his disappointment at losing their opening Checkatrade Trophy group fixture and challenged his players to raise their motivation levels ahead of Saturday's visit of Southend United.

"It's disappointing to lose any game and the two goals we conceded were poor," Parkinson told Tower FM.

"The first one, I didn't think we had enough intensity in our own final third to get tight and stop the lad shooting in the first place, and the second one we should never give away.

"They came a very enthusiastic young team, sat back behind the ball and made it difficult. They were very well drilled and organised. We had a lot of possession but found it difficult to break them down.

"They've got some good footballers and they relished the stage tonight. We had the ball for the majority of the game, but couldn't find the bit of quality to unlock the door to get a goal."

Parkinson also felt his players struggled to adapt to the atmosphere within Macron Stadium, but backed supporters who boycotted the tie in protest of EFL changes to the competition.

"There's a general feeling about this group stage situation and you could feel it on the pitch," he added.

"I've just said to the lads that it's a lesson to be learned, for us all, that motivation levels and the determination of everybody since day one has been great. The minute that comes down a level, you can lose games of football and obviously it was down a level tonight.

"We pieced a team together. It's tough because we've got as difficult a situation with injuries that I've faced in a long time as a manager - not just small ones, but serious injuries - and Mark Davies it looks like will be out for the season.

"It's difficult and the players can kind of sense that. There's an element of people protecting themselves because they know we're down to the bare bones, but that's up to me and the chairman to rectify that in the next 24 hours."

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