Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Hull City

  • August 25, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has apologised to Bolton supporters, after they watched their side crash to a 4-0 defeat at Hull City.

Goals inside the opening 29 minutes from Adama Diomande, Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki put the Tigers in complete control at the KCOM Stadium, and they rubbed salt into the wound two minutes from time when Bowen netted his second to complete a miserable return for their former manager.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted Bolton contributed to their own downfall but vowed to get things right, with a fortnight's international break giving him time to think about the next step in Wanderers' season.

"We were second best," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "We couldn't cope with their pace and power.

"I've got to look at myself, which I will do. I'll analyse my team selection but equally they were just too strong and too quick for us on the break.

"We can talk about poor goals but they were devastating when they broke. We were open, but probably more by just giving the ball away.

"When we come back, we need to go again. We need to find a way of staying in games because we've conceded first-half goals in three games and that's not going to be good enough.

"Whatever we do and whatever the shape of the team, we've got to get back to doing the very basic things well. We've got to make sure the shape, structure and physicality enables us to stay in games.

"We played 3-5-2 on Tuesday and we were thinking of changing it for tonight, but it's just having the personnel to change to what we'd like to go to. We stuck with it and tried to get Will Buckley's legs in there, but the second-half was damage limitation and we had to fill the spaces around the pitch because we were getting exposed.

"We went 4-5-1 and did better. I've got to give the lads credit because we were up against a rampant team at times but we all know it wasn't good enough and we've got to make sure we're better.

"That's individuals in the team, me as a manager and the staff. The people who came out with credit tonight were the supporters because they stuck with us.

"I've got to give them a lot of credit. I thank them for that and apologise - nobody likes seeing their team getting beat 3-0 at half-time, but they stayed with the boys and I thank them.

"We've got to find a way to stay in games and we will do."

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