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

  • March 03, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson had no complaints with Bolton's defeat to Preston North End, simply admitting Wanderers 'got beat by the better side'.

Mark Beevers had given the hosts a 12-minute lead at Macron Stadium, but Tom Barkuizen's second-half equaliser, followed by a late brace from substitute Sean Maguire, gave North End all three points on an afternoon where they remembered those who have passed away.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson felt the Trotters failed to perform to their usual standards, whilst also holding his hands up in awe of their Lancashire rivals.

"Our home form has been good over a long period, but today we have to hold our hands up and say we got beat by the better side," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I thought we did alright in patches in the first-half - we had some decent moments - but second-half we didn't cope with their attacking players and we never got a foothold in the game.

"They're a good side but we didn't play to our levels. We looked disjointed, certainly in the second-half, and sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and say we didn't do enough.

"Today is a setback and we need to regroup. We've got a lot of thinking to do before the next game.

"We won't throw the toys out of the pram because we've had a good points return from our home games. However, I'm already thinking about putting a team together which can play better than we did today.

"We knew Preston were a good side with an attacking threat and it showed in the second period. They looked a very dangerous side and equally, going forward, we didn't carry enough threat"

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