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

  • September 23, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson admits he could take no positives from Bolton's performance against Brentford, having lost for a sixth successive game without scoring.

Wanderers' latest defeat - their second by a 3-0 scoreline in the space of five days - saw the club set an unwanted record, leaving them five points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson thought his side began brightly against the Bees but an outstanding free-kick from Yoann Barbet, followed by further strikes from Nico Yennaris and Ollie Watkins, completely knocked any confidence out of the players.

"I thought we started great," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "We had three or four very good chances to give us that lift everybody needed.

"Gary Madine has hit the post and the goalkeeper has made a great save from him. Adam Armstrong has the ball flashed across the six-yard box and is six inches away from tapping it in.

"Then we concede a wonder strike and it knocked the stuffing out of us. That shouldn't happen but with the run we've had, you could see it visibly knocked the energy out of us. Sometimes that can be perceived as the lads not trying but the three wonder strikes really knocked us.

When asked if there were any positives to take from the game, Parkinson added: "No.

"We kept changing it to try and find a way back in the game but the more attacking players we put on the pitch, the more open we became and lost any element of structure in our play.

"We started off looking like a team who knew what the game plan was, but games are separated on strikers producing moments of quality or goalkeepers making big saves when they matter. All those key moments have gone in Brentford's favour.

"We've got to keep searching for a way to win a game."

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