Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Derby County

  • April 07, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes Bolton still have what it takes to retain their Championship status, despite suffering a third consecutive defeat at Derby County.

First-half goals from Alex Pearce and Matej Vydra, followed with a third from Tom Lawrence within nine minutes of the restart, handed the Rams all three points at Pride Park, leaving Wanderers hovering just two points above the relegation zone and destiny now out of their own hands.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson said his team need to go back to basics, with concentration levels key going into Tuesday's clash at home to Millwall.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I'm very disappointed with the first goal because it's easily avoidable. We didn't deal with a very basic set-play.

"We gave ourselves a lot of work to do against a team who have struggled recently at home, and we gave them a huge lift.

"From now on in, we've got to be more resilient in keeping the ball out the back of our net because in the last three games the goals have been too soft.

"Are we suddenly going to become a prolific free-scoring team? Let's be honest, probably not. But we need to show better concentration levels, certainly at the start of the game.

"We've got the players to get ourselves out of this situation. I do believe that. We've just got to rediscover a bit of belief.

"Tuesday knocked us. We took criticism for that performance. The lads' response building towards the game has been good, but giving away those cheap goals really hurt us."

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