Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Oxford United

  • October 01, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson questioned the effort and desire of his players, after Bolton were beaten 2-0 by Oxford United at Macron Stadium.

Wes Thomas and Chris Maguire struck late on to give the U's a first win at Bolton since 1976, a victory they thoroughly deserved from a match where Wanderers failed to muster a shot on target throughout the duration of the 90 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson said his team must get back to producing the effort of their early-season displays and was left disappointed with his midfield, as well as a trio of substitutions.

"It was nowhere near good enough," Parkinson told Tower FM. "That's the poorest we've played all season.

"I'll take responsibility but, equally, that performance lacked energy, lacked spark and just wasn't good enough.

"At the start of the season we accepted what we were. We were a team that was kind of almost being pieced together but we were resilient, strong without the ball and hard to beat, which was how we set ourselves up.

"As the window closed we brought in a bit of extra quality and I think we've gone away from the hard work and edge of determination, to do things right without the ball first and foremost.

"We look too open across the pitch. We played four across midfield against Rochdale and got exposed, so we went with a diamond today which we did at the start of the season and people not doing their jobs without the ball at times made it a very big pitch.

"We've got to get back to being resilient and look like a team that has got a bit of grit and determination.

"The quality of our crossing and set-play delivery - how many times it went into the goalkeeper's arms, I lost count and that's not good enough. When you get into those positions, you've got to produce and I've been saying it for weeks.

"If you look at the players we've got, a lot of players who've played at a high level, when they get into those positions you've got to produce. Whether it's a confidence thing I'm not sure, but we've got to be better than that because we've got in enough good positions to produce a final pass and give us a chance to score a goal.

"The substitutes I put on today to give us a lift offered us nothing and that was very disappointing because (Zach) Clough and (Gary) Madine had done well, but because it's their first game back it was in my mind to throw some fresh legs on to give the team a lift, but they offered us nothing and that can be costly when you don't get an impact from the bench when you need one."

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