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

  • April 03, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson refused to point the finger at refereeing decisions, instead acknowledging his Bolton team failed to perform in defeat to Birmingham City.

Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the only goal at Macron Stadium, as 10-man City moved level on points with Wanderers in the battle to avoid relegation from the Championship.

The visitors played the final 25 minutes a man short after Che Adams was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Craig Noone and although Wanderers saw two separate penalty appeals turned down by referee Oliver Langford, Parkinson instead shifted focus to the display of his own side.

"From where we were, the first one looked like a penalty," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Those decisions haven't gone for us. They were tight calls but we didn't get them.

"We're disappointed because we've conceded a goal from a set-play.

"It was always going to be a tight game. They came with a big, strong, powerful team and made it very difficult for us.

"It was going to be a game separated on detail and the set-play goal we conceded from was hugely disappointing for us.

"We had some good moments in the first-half and then they've gone down to 10 men. Then we had a period where we moved the ball really well.

"Jan (Kirchhoff) has then come on and pulled his hamstring so we became disjointed in the last 15 minutes and we were hitting aimless diagonals when we didn't have anyone to hit them on to.

"Prior to that, we'd moved the ball quickly and you have to be patient against 10 men. But we just couldn't find that creative spark to get us ahead in the game or back in the game.

"But there are six games to go. We've got to take the criticism when you get beat at home, which we will do, but come out fighting in this last run of games.

"We're going to fight tooth and nail to finish this season off well and make sure we retain our Championship status."

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