Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Nott'm Forest

  • October 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson bemoaned a lack of quality from his players, after Bolton were beaten 3-0 by Nottingham Forest at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Forest, who hadn't won a league fixture in the town since 1978, went ahead through Joe Lolley's 12th minute strike and sealed the victory after the break courtesy of a brace from Lewis Grabban, who also missed a penalty.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson felt his side lacked the ability to compete with their Forest counterparts but also ackowledged there were too many aspects of their performance which could have been better.

"We started the game poorly, in terms of giving the ball away too many times too cheaply," Parkinson told

"When you do that against a team of Nottingham Forest's standard, you quickly become under pressure.

"They looked like a team that spent a lot of money tonight and looked very dangerous.

"The first goal was of our own making, even though it was a great finish from Joe Lolley.

"After that, I thought we did better.

"After half-time, we started well but when you are chasing a game against a team of their quality, you are always vulnerable on the counter.

"We left our back four exposed too many times tonight and we need to look at that.

"Obviously being 1-0 down and making a change at the break, we came out as positive as we could.

"We weren't able to get that goal, but as the game wore on, we threw more caution to the wind and they obviously had the quality to get at us on the counter and that is what happened tonight."

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