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

  • September 27, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson accepts criticism for Bolton's defeat at Rochdale and has called for strong characters, as his side continue to struggle in front of goal.

Wanderers failed to score for a third successive match on Tuesday, as their winless run in all competitions was extended to seven matches after a 1-0 loss at the Crown Oil Arena.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted his players were giving their all but expressed his disappointment at a lack of quality in the final third.

"We just can't score a goal," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "The effort was there - I can't fault the effort of the lads - it's just when you miss chances like we have you can see the belief go out of the team.

"They (Rochdale) have had one opportunity, the lad has taken it. We've had many, got in a lot of good positions, and we haven't produced that final pass or the finish that we so badly need.

"It's hurting us all and we had a great away following, but you need to produce big moments to win football games and we haven't done it.

"It stems back quite a few weeks, since the Southend game when we dominated. We've had periods when we've been on top and not killed teams off and you saw it again tonight.

"It's there for all to see - the lads are giving their all.

"Football is all about producing in the final third and we're not doing that.

"We've got to pick ourselves up and take the criticism firmly on the chin. I've got to accept the criticism as a manager, but we've got to go out ready to go again.

"It won't be easy at home (against Oxford United) because we've lost. That will create a certain negativity and I understand that, but we've got to be big and strong, mentally, and go and produce a performance."

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