Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Burton Albion

  • April 28, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes Bolton will have no chance of retaining their Championship status if performance levels don't improve on the final day of the season.

Wanderers slumped into the relegation zone for the first time since February after first-half goals from Hope Akpan and Lucas Akins condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Burton Albion.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, when asked if his team's performance was of the required standard, Parkinson said: "No.

"At the start of the game there wasn't a great deal in it. We had a couple of good moments but then we've conceded two soft goals and made Burton go ten-foot tall.

"They had more fight in their bodies after that then we did and I can't defend the softness of the goals we've conceded.

"You've got to give yourselves a chance in a game of football. For the first goal a runner has got the better of us and the second one we haven't cleared our lines in the box.

"I'm bitterly disappointed with the performance and the way we responded after going two goals down.

"We need help from other teams. We've got one more bite of the cherry. We've just got to make sure we pick a team which is capable of going to the last minute physically and really wants to do it.

"If we do go down, we've got to go down with more about us than we showed today."

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