Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Stoke City

  • October 02, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson criticised referee Jeremy Simpson, after he disallowed a 'perfectly good goal' as Bolton were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City.

Trailing to a first-half header from Bruno Martins Indi, Wanderers thought they had pulled level midway through the second period when Josh Magennis headed home from an Erhun Oztumer corner.

Simpson disallowed the goal, however, while the Potters ultimately went on to double their advantage through Tom Ince to seal all three points.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he hadn't managed to speak to the match officials due to EFL timing restrictions but promised he would be seeking answers.

"We've conceded a poor goal early on from a set-play which gave Stoke a real lift of energy," Parkinson told

"In the second half, I'm absolutely livid with the referee's decision to disallow a perfectly good goal.

"I could see from where I was that (Jack) Butland has over-stretched and then Josh (Magennis) has just headed the ball in at the back stick.

"It's a terrible decision and one that has cost us. Tom Ince has then scored the second goal with seven or eight minutes to go.

"I think we acquitted ourselves very well in the second half. We passed the ball well and got into some threatening positions, and really I do think the referee has cost us tonight.

"It is an incredible decision.

"What the referee has seen, I don't know but I can't wait to ask him. He has called it wrong."

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