Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw with MK Dons

  • September 10, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson criticised referee Peter Bankes, but acknowledged Bolton weren't at their best as they drew 1-1 with Milton Keynes Dons.

Wanderers were ahead inside seven minutes at Macron Stadium, courtesy of Mark Beevers' first goal for the club, but the Dons levelled nine minutes after the break when Ryan Colclough bundled the ball home at the second attempt.

The visitors were awarded a penalty shortly afterwards, as Lewis Buxton collided with Kieran Agard, but Mark Howard rescued the Trotters with an outstanding save from the resulting spot-kick.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted Bolton were below-par against Karl Anderson's side but had words of criticism for the officials, who also decided against pointing to the spot in favour of the hosts later in the game.

"I felt today we didn't get hold of the ball enough and control possession," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Apart from the first quarter of the game where I thought we were excellent, we were disciplined in our approach but when we got the ball back we gave it away cheaply at times.

"We looked a bit fatigued because of that but if you don't have spells with the ball and get a rest with the ball, you get a bit leggy. We stuck at it, we got a point and we'll take that.

"MK Dons were like us last year in the Championship. They're a good team and there was always going to be some type of response to defeat last week in their local derby live on television.

"It's a very competitive league and if we're looking at the overall picture, with the disruption we've had with injuries, to still be unbeaten at this stage is a great credit to everybody.

"I don't want our supporters to think all I do is moan about refs but their penalty decision, when you see it, is a joke. The first infringement was outside the box and then the lad has thrown himself to the ground inside it.

"From what I've just seen, it definitely wasn't a penalty, so Mark Howard has had to pull off a save but he shouldn't have had to.

"Then obviously Jamie Proctor has been crashed to the ground in the middle of the goal, just as he was about to head or volley it towards goal, so I'm disappointed with those two decisions again.

"We've just quickly looked at them because it's good if I can before I come out and do the press, and I'm obviously frustrated just like the lads in the dressing room.

"I don't want to make that the bigger thing today. We can play better than we did today in terms of in possession, but the lads stuck at it, never gave in, kept working hard and tried everything they could.

"But today just wasn't our day to get that winning goal."

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