Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Aston Villa

  • November 02, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson once again rued his side's lack of clinical edge, after Bolton were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Goals in each half from Jack Grealish and James Chester gave the Villains all three points in Friday's televised clash, on an evening where Wanderers failed to score for the seventh time in their past nine outings.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he was happy with the performance of his team, who he believes are giving their all for the cause, but again pointed to a lack of quality in the final third for their downfall.

"I thought we had more than enough chances to get something from the game," Parkinson told "I think everybody who has watched it can see that.

"When we have periods of pressure, like we have done of late, we have to take those opportunities.

"We've come to Villa Park, which is a difficult place to come to, I thought we created more than enough to get something from the game.

"It was so close, the width of the post or someone sliding in half a yard quicker to get a goal.

"The keeper made a great save from Craig Noone in the second half.

"Obviously we are disappointed with conceding that early goal and we know we've done that a lot recently.

"Was it a lack of concentration or a good piece of play from (Tammy) Abraham, to put Grealish in, who we know is a top class player.

"I still feel we could have been more switched on in that situation.

"The second goal, how the referee can give a free kick for Joe Williams' tackle, I honestly don’t know.

"However, I do feel we need to defend it better.

"We know they are good at set plays and have a very good delivery.

"We need to back stick better than we did.

"It was a performance that typified us recently, where we have had so much good play in the game and we need to capitalise on those big moments.

"The lads have given absolutely everything and we can't question the attitude and application of them.

"We passed the ball well at times, it is just that final bit of sticking the ball in the back of the net.

"Some of the crossing in the first half was better.

"We got tired in the second half and a bit careless with our ball into the final third.

"I thought our set play delivery was better tonight, showing there are areas from tonight's game that we can be pleased with.

"We are just missing that ability to stick the ball in the back of the net."

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