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

  • February 17, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has criticised refereeing decisions following Bolton's defeat at Queens Park Rangers, but admits to having no complaints over the dismissal of Mark Little.

Little was sent off nine minutes into the second-half at Loftus Road for a two-footed challenge on Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo, after which goals from Joel Lynch and Matt Smith handed the hosts a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson felt the decision to send Little for an early bath served as the turning point, whilst also pointing the finger at officials who he felt were influenced by his opposite number, Ian Holloway.

"I thought the effort and application was excellent," Parkinson told BWFC's official YouTube channel.

"We stood strong as a team. We knew it would be tough as they are very direct with Matt Smith up top, but in the main we dealt with it well.

"The sending off is a big turning point. We were doing okay with 10 men but we conceded a goal and it was always going to be tough from there.

"They've had a week to prepare for the game, while we've been on our travels, then 10-vs-11 was always going to be difficult.

"Mark has left the ground and given the referee a decision to make. I can't complain with it. It was a moment of recklessness and it's proved costly for us.

"I can understand why the referee has given the red card but I thought the all-round performance from all four officials was poor.

"We've had some good chances to score and not been able to take them, but the lads applied themselves well and stood strong as a team. We're disappointed not to take anything but we move on."

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