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

  • December 17, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson says Bolton must move on from their defeat at Chesterfield and switch focus to their Boxing Day clash at home to Shrewsbury Town.

Wanderers saw their five-match winning run come to an end at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, as Liam O'Neil scored the only goal to lift the Spireites out of the relegation zone and deny the Trotters a place in the automatic promotion places at Christmas.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson believed his side did enough to win despite failing to produce their best display, but says they will move on ahead of a double header at Macron Stadium that will close out 2016.

"We had enough chances to win the game," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"In the first-half they had one opportunity which went in the back of the net. They played like a team fighting for their lives but whilst we didn't play like a team at our best we've still had enough chances to win the game.

"Once they got the lead they played with a real hunger to keep hold of it. You expect that and it became a scrappy second-half.

"From their point of view that's how you'd want to make it. There was a lot of stoppages and it was difficult to get any flow in the game. Despite that we've had the opportunities to get something from the game.

"We've had a great run and we're pleased with that. Today is a bad day for us and we've got to move on quickly to Boxing Day.

"We'll look at the things we could have done better and take it into the next game.

"We started well and put in some good crosses, but couldn't get that one moment to unlock the door.

"We need to take the defeat on the chin - we can't change it now - and regroup ahead of the next game."

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