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

  • April 21, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes Bolton were 'punished' for lapses in concentration, as they were brushed aside 4-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Macron Stadium.

One week on from clinching promotion to the Premier League after a six-year absence, Wolves secured the Championship title in convincing fashion courtesy of goals from Barry Douglas, Benik Afobe, Diogo Jota and Conor Coady penalty.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson felt his players failed to recover from the blow of going 1-0 down but retains belief that they will avoid relegation with just two games of the season to play.

"I thought we started well but we got punished," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"The way we set up was ok at the start and we had some decent moments, but they are a team that punish you.

"If you look at the first-half, there wasn't a great deal of moments where we lost concentration but the two where we did, we got punished.

"Against a lesser team, they may not have taken those chances and we'd still be in the game. But I've seen Wolves do it against a lot of sides - teams don't give much away and then just one moment of quality or someone switches off and they take it.

"It doesn't help (morale). It was a long afternoon for us. I don't think we can hide away from that - certainly in the second period.

"They're a very good side and full of confidence. They have players going to the World Cup and with 5,000 fans behind them it was tough for us in that second period.

"We have to pick ourselves up and get ready for preparation this week. We've still got an opportunity to stay in the division and we've got two games to try and achieve that.

"We need to take care of our own situation and we've got to try and win both of our games. We'll then see if that's enough."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
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