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

  • December 26, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson felt his side's defeat at Middlesbrough could have been avoided had it not been for individual lapses of concentration.

Wanderers slipped to a 2-0 loss at the Riverside Stadium, after second-half strikes from Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga gave Boro all three points in front of new boss Tony Pulis, who was watching on from the stands.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his disappointment at the Trotters' second-half display, believing their performance in the opening 45 minutes should have provided added confidence that a positive result could have been achieved.

"First half, I felt we were right in it the game," Parkinson told "We played with a real discipline in our approach, and then we were just disappointed with how we started the second half.

"Two lapses of concentration have ultimately cost us. Admittedly, we've come up against two top-class strikers who have put their opportunities away, whereas strikers of less ability might not have scored.

"Equally, we feel that we should have done better with both goals - we knew that we had to start the second half focused and we didn't quite do that.

"We could feel that their crowd were getting nervous and thought we could take advantage of that, but unfortunately it didn't happen for us today.

"For the first goal, it took a horrible deflection off David Wheater which took it beyond Ben (Alnwick) which is hugely disappointing for us, but with every goal, you know you can always do better.

"We always talk about key moments in games and the first goal was definitely one for us today.

"Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don't, but we need to put it behind us quickly and move onto Sheffield United."

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