Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Wolves

  • November 25, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson criticised his team's defending, as Bolton dropped to the bottom of the Championship following a 5-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Going into the game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run, the Trotters were woeful against the league leaders at Molineux - where goals from Willy Boly, Leo Bonatini, Ivan Cavaleiro (2) and Diogo Jota gave Wolves a seven-point lead at the top of the division.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his frustration at the performance, insisting Bolton must give themselves more of a chance against top opposition by cutting out individual errors.

"We gave some poor goals away against a very good side," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Wolves are by far the best team in the Championship. They've spent millions all over the pitch and have got Premier League quality throughout the team.

"However, the first two goals we conceded were a free-header from a set-play and a ball over the top. Our judgement wasn't quite right. Against a good side you've got to give yourself more of a chance of staying in the game.

"3-0 was a penalty. At 3-1 we're back in it, so we went 4-4-2 to open the game right up and when you do that, you become vulnerable.

"They're a very good football team but we felt we had to throw (Adam) Le Fondre on to give us another lift, like the two substitutes had done already, but we got punished with two further goals."

Both managers were sent to the stands in the closing stages of the first-half, following a touchline disagreement brought on as a result of a late challenge by David Wheater.

When asked for his version of events, Parkinson stated his disbelief at the decision of the officials, saying the fracas was nothing more than an argument seen on a weekly basis.

"I'm going to go and see the referee," he added. "We just had an argument on the touchline but that happens every single week.

"The fourth official seemed very young and inexperienced. If managers are going to get sent off for having an argument, there'll be none of us left in the dugout.

"They jumped up and reacted to Wheater's tackle. I was frustrated with how many of them jumped up and how vociferous they were. They weren't happy with the tackle and we exchanged a few words, but that's nothing more than happens every week.

"All the referee had to do was come over, tell us to calm down and manage it a bit better."

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