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

  • April 10, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has challenged his players to dig deep and rediscover last season's promotion spirit, as Bolton's relegation woes continued with a 2-0 defeat at home to Millwall.

Goals in each half from Tom Elliott and Ben Marshall gave the Lions a comfortable victory at Macron Stadium, as Parkinson's 100th game in charge of Wanderers didn't go according to plan.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted his players were left demoralised after conceding the second goal, but still holds belief that the Trotters will retain their Championship status come the end of the campaign.

"We probably created more in the first-half than we have done for a while," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"There was some excellent play by Sammy (Ameobi) on the left and (Craig) Noone showed some touches of quality, but we needed to get that goal just to take the pressure off. There were chances at both ends and they got the breakthrough.

"In the second-half, they were physically sharper than us in the first 10 minutes and more aggresive in their challenges all over the pitch.

"The second goal was the one that really killed us. We got done on the counter-attack from our set-play.

"I've told the lads that too many set-plays went into their keeper's hands. Too many went in the box and they got the first contact on the ball. We've then overhit one and they've broken us. That shouldn't happen.

"We looked deflated after that. We can't deny that or dress it up any other way. It knocked the stuffing out of us.

"But every other result has gone for us and that's the bonus.

"We've now got to find a way to get these boys going again. It's a setback and the lads are low - like we all are - but we've got to pick ourselves up.

"Last year, when we got promoted, was really hard towards the end of the season. We couldn't get the win and couldn't score a goal for a while. We really stumbled and had to dig deep to find a way over the line. It's got to be the same this year.

"We've got to find a way to get a result at Barnsley."

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