Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Derby

  • August 19, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was left cursing 'soft' goals, as Bolton dropped into the Championship relegation zone as a result of back-to-back home defeats.

A brace of goals inside the opening 21 minutes from David Nugent set Derby County on their way to a comfortable victory at Macron Stadium, despite a stoppage-time consolation from Gary Madine giving the scoreline a little more credibility to the hosts.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson spoke some harsh truths about the defending on display from his side, admitting they cannot afford to keep conceding at the rate they have started the campaign - especially on home soil.

"The goals were too soft," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"You look at the goals we've conceded and we've given a good team a real lift. Those types of goals, at any level of football, are avoidable and should have been stopped at source.

"The first one was a throw-in, weak defending, and the second one was a cross which came in far too easily, we haven't tracked the runner early enough. The cross has come in and we haven't dealt with it.

"We've given a good team, who we know have got very good players, a massive lift and the energy drained out of us after that.

"Second-half, we responded as well as we could. If we'd got the goal back five minutes earlier you never know, we might have had a charge up, but all in all we got beat by the better team and we just didn't defend like we have on our travels.

"After the Leeds game we sat down with the lads and went through a lot of things about what we needed to do to get results.

"We'd put that right in the last two games but if you look at the softness of the Leeds goals, they were pretty similar today and we've got to eradicate that quickly from our game.

"You've got to stay in the games and you do put yourself under enormous pressure at home if you concede two goals early in the game, like we did against Leeds and like we have today"

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