Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Leeds United

  • March 30, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was pleased with Bolton's performance, but was left to rue a slow start as they were beaten 2-1 at Leeds United.

Early strikes in each half from Caleb Ekuban and Pablo Hernandez had given the hosts a 2-0 cushion at Elland Road, before Adam Le Fondre pulled one back with a well-taken header on 53 minutes.

Wanderers spurned glorious chances to earn a point, with Sammy Ameobi and Will Buckley both missing when the visitors were on top, leaving Parkinson left pondering what might have been.

"We started poorly," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We said coming into the game and reiterated it at the hotel about how the start was going to be important because Leeds are a team who haven't had a great deal of success at home. But we gave a team which possibly could have been nervous a huge lift.

"After that, I thought we had some good spells in the first-half. Some of the football we played was great and we controlled the game for periods.

"They always looked dangerous on the break. At times, we committed too many men forward and looked vulnerable on the break.

"Going 2-0 down - and I thought there was a push for their second goal - we could have let our heads drop but we didn't. We got back into the game and we've had two great chances to get something from the game.

"There were many good elements of the game but I'm disappointed with the start.

"I've been here a lot this season and they are a team that does get nervous. You could feel that but we needed that moment of quality, a clinical finish to get us back in the game and we'd possibly go on and win it.

"But as we were pressing and throwing more attacking players on, there's always a chance you're going to concede another on the break and they could have scored again when Ekuban has gone clean through."

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