Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw With Southend

  • September 03, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was frustrated with Bolton's draw against Southend United, but didn't think there was much more they could have done to secure victory.

Wanderers fell behind in the third minute at Macron Stadium, courtesy of a Harry Kyprianou volley, but they levelled three minutes after the break through Keshi Anderson and went on to dominate the second period, without finding the elusive goal which would have secured all three points.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he was 'delighted' with his team's display and bemoaned the one defensive lapse which denied the Trotters a win.

"We got off to a bad start, which was of our own doing," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Our line was too deep from a couple of their goalkeeper's early kicks and the ball was holding up in the wind. We didn't win the first ball, got punished for it and after that I thought we were excellent.

"I thought we played really well. We had 23 attempts to their three, 63% of possession, goalline clearances, and we couldn't have done much more to win the game, so I'm delighted with the performance.

"I'm very pleased with their (new signings) contribution. It's never easy when you come in and you've only got Thursday to train, and we didn't train much because they'd had a long day's travelling, and then an hour yesterday. But they're all intelligent players and I'm pleased with their contributions.

"I thought the lads came in, did well and gave us a bit of quality. James Henry and Keshi (Anderson) - a bit of brightness. I thought he was excellent and, all in all, I'm always disappointed not to win but I don't think we could have done much more.

"You always want to take three points in every game and the only annoyance I've got with us today was that at the start of the game. You make a statement with those first few challenges and we just gave the impetus to them, a team which has come here to waste time and sit back to make it difficult - and then they get a goal lead.

"I thought we handled the problems they gave us, in terms of sitting deep behind the ball really well, and were very positive in a lot of aspects of our play."

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