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

  • January 17, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson had nothing but praise for his Bolton players, despite seeing them crash out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.

After being held to a stalemate in the original tie at Macron Stadium 10 days prior, Wanderers faced their Premier League opposition at Selhurst Park for the right to host Manchester City in the fourth round.

They took the lead shortly after half-time, as James Henry fired past Julian Speroni in the Eagles' goal, but a double from substitute Christian Benteke completed the turnaround to hand Sam Allardyce his first win as Palace manager.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson revealed how proud he was of his players, who proved they are more than capable of holding their own against a top-flight outfit.

"I'm very proud of the lads," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Over the two games we've taken a Premier League team right to the wire and we've got to take a lot of credit for that.

"I thought we stayed in the game well in the first-half - we defended well and had two or three good chances.

"In the second-half we passed the ball and got a bit more belief as the game went on. We played well both with and without the ball.

"They put a £30million striker on in Benteke to score but at that point I felt comfortable. It's just a shame the quickfire goals have cost us.

"If you look at Palace's squad, they shouldn't be down at the bottom of the league. They've got an array of talent and I think the lads have got to take enormous credit for the way they've played over the two games.

"We've got to recover quickly and do everything we can to go down to Southend at the weekend looking to get our league form back on track."

Sky Bet League Two Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Tranmere Rovers 3 2
21 Oldham Athletic 3 0
22 Bolton Wanderers 3 0
23 Grimsby Town 2 0
24 Southend United 3 0
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