Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Hull City

  • October 27, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson praised his Bolton players for an improved display against Hull City, but rued their lack of clinical finishing after falling to a 1-0 defeat.

Fraizer Campbell scored the only goal at the University of Bolton Stadium, as the Tigers won on the road at Wanderers for the first time since 1935.

After being on the receiving end of heavy criticism following Wednesday's defeat to Nottingham Forest, with some calling for him to lose his job, Parkinson believes his team performed to a higher level than they did in midweek but knows results are the most important aspect of any football match.

"We've had enough chances to get something from the game today," Parkinson told

"I thought the lads adapted well to the system, as we made a lot of changes.

"We obviously worked on playing that way during the international break and revisited it yesterday in training.

"Some of the approach play was good, as we've had more chances today than we've had for a lot of weeks.

"But as everybody knows, it is about taking those opportunities and we needed someone to put it in the back of the net.

"In reality and on the balance of the game, possession and chances created, it probably should have been a 2/3-1 win for us.

"But you can see confidence levels are low which is inevitable after getting beat on Wednesday and the criticism that comes with it.

"I really thought the lads showed great bravery, in terms of going a goal down at home and we know it was scrappy goal, but we kept playing and trying to implement the way we needed to play today to break Hull down.

"We got in some good positions but at the very least, we have to make the goalkeeper come off the pitch and say he has to be fantastic.

"We missed too many simple chances."

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