Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Aston Villa

  • September 30, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson bemoaned two refereeing decisions which he believes cost Bolton dear, as they were beaten 1-0 at Aston Villa.

The first, which arose moments prior to the decisive goal, saw Jonathan Kodjia run clean through on goal after a moment of hesitancy from the assistant referee over the potential award of an offside.

Villa were reduced to 10 men in second-half stoppage-time as Neil Taylor was sent off for a lunge on Adam Le Fondre. However, Parkinson believes that numerical disadvantage should have happened earlier, when Glenn Whelan was fortunate to escape with a yellow card for a poorly-timed challenge on Jem Karacan.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson revealed he had spoken to the officials over a number of calls throughout the piece, but believes the clash was settled through a moment of injustice.

"I thought it was a good performance," Parkinson told Tower FM.

"The first-half was excellent. We had some good chances - particularly Adam Armstrong when he's through - and it's such a shame with the offside decision leading to the penalty.

"The pitches all have to be cut horizontally so the linesman can see. He's offside and it's right on the cut of the grass.

"999 times out of 1,000 the linesman would give that because the player who possibly could have kept him on was the furthest away and I just think the confusion between the referee and linesman prior to that probably affected his own belief to give that decision.

"Mark (Howard) has made a good save, the corner has come in and a penalty has been given. Maybe we could have been cooler and calmer, but I think there's an element of frustration.

"I told the lads to forget it and that 30-second period has cost us the game. When the linesman assesses his performance - and I've had a good chat with him - he'll be saying 'how have I not given that?'

"It's marginal - it's not five yards - but it is offside and one which almost consistently would be given.

"Another one I've discussed with the officials is a wreckless challenge, to put it mildly. Jem has got stood marks all the way down his thigh and he (Whelan) is probably fortunate to stay on the pitch.

"The second one was out of control. Even though it was the last minute, it was a dangerous challenge, but I felt the first one may have affected the game more."

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