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

  • September 17, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has encouraged Bolton to get over their defeat at Walsall and begin another unbeaten run, starting at home to Bradford City.

After a seven-match unbeaten start to life in League One, Wanderers were beaten 1-0 at the Banks's Stadium and were knocked off top position in the standings.

Speaking after the game, in which both sides finished with ten men, Parkinson admitted Bolton struggled to adapt to the defensive nature of the Saddlers' game after the early dismissal of Joe Edwards, but refused to accept criticism of his players' performance.

"I thought we started the game well and had some good chances," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"After the sending off we conceded a very soft goal. They sat back, went 4-4-1, and we found it a little bit difficult and slow on the ball but we still had chances. Their goal was a poor one from our point of view.

"Just before half-time, we lost our way a little bit and second-half we changed the shape and I thought we did everything we could to get back in the game.

"Apart from that, their goalkeeper pulled off two or three of the best saves you're ever likely to see and I'm not sure what else we could have done.

"We tried everything we could in terms of changing the shape and personnel on the pitch, but their 'keeper has pulled off some fantastic saves and we've had other moments where we've needed to hit the target.

"There was no lack of effort. The determination to get back in the game was great.

"We've had a lot of praise in this run. Now we've got to take the defeat on the chin and come out bouncing next week to start another one."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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