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

  • January 06, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson lambasted referee Roger East, after Bolton were eliminated from the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town.

Second-half strikes from Rajiv van La Parra and Danny Williams sealed the Terriers' passage in to round four, the latter of which left the Wanderers boss fuming following an alleged foul on David Wheater in the build-up.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson described the challenge on Wheater as 'leg-breaking' and believed that two minutes aside, his team were more than a match for their Premier League opposition.

"We were right in the game in the first-half and had the best chance," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Second-half - take two minutes out of it and I thought we did well.

"The first goal was a scrappy one from a corner. The second one, you've got to see the challenge on David Wheater to believe it.

"It's a leg-breaking challenge in the middle of the pitch. The state of David Wheater's leg in the dressing room proves it.

"I just can't believe the referee hasn't seen that challenge. He's five yards from it and the lad has gone right over the top of the ball. We're very fortunate not to have a player with a serious injury and how the referee hasn't blown up for a free-kick I'll never know.

"I thought we responded well, got a goal back and considering the changes we've made and disruption to the team, I thought it was a creditable performance from us.

"A lot of the changes were enforced but some of the lads who came in needed a game and I thought they all equipped themselves well.

"We wanted to win, or at least get a draw. We weren't able to do that but take a couple of minutes out of the game and I don't think there was anything between the two teams."

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