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

  • September 09, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was reluctant to put too much emphasis on financial differences between Bolton and Middlesbrough, saying his team simply must do better.

Wanderers slipped to a third successive home league defeat at the start of a new campaign for only the fifth time in club history, as a brace from Britt Assombalonga and a debut strike from Marvin Johnson gave Boro a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Macron Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted the difference in quality was clear to see and quickly shifted focus to Tuesday night, when they play host to fellow promoted side Sheffield United.

"I thought we started okay but the first goal was obviously a setback," Parkinson told BWFC's official YouTube channel.

"We had four attempts to take the ball away and he (Adama Traore) still managed to get a cross in. It's just the physicality of the level, where a tackle may have seen us come away with the ball in League One doesn't at this level.

"It's a harsh lesson for us. After the goal and up until half-time, I thought the response to conceding was a lot better than it was against Derby and Leeds. We kept our structure and kept going.

"Stephen Darby came off with a hamstring strain but I thought we started the second-half well and were having a decent spell, but one moment of looseness and the ball is in the back of our net. That second goal was really a killer for us.

"Everybody knows the gulf and spending power - they've spent £30million on strikers alone. It gives you that extra quality and ability to punish teams. We are getting punished and we've got to do better.

"We know we're in a mini-league in this division but we've now got to prepare for Tuesday and do everything we can to get ourselves off and running."

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