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

  • December 09, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson admitted his Bolton players were hurting after a stoppage-time goal consigned them to defeat at Championship leaders Norwich City.

Trailing 2-0 through goals from Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann, Wanderers fought back to draw level through Sammy Ameobi and Mark Beevers but were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when Ameobi was shown a second yellow card by referee Scott Duncan.

The visitors thought they had held out for a point at Carrow Road but a lapse in concentration allowed Teemu Pukki to fire home in the final minute - a moment of misfortune he felt his side didn't deserve to suffer.

"It hurts to take the team at the top of the league so close and lose with virtually the last kick of the game," Parkinson told

"I thought it was an excellent performance. In the first half, we had some good chances, certainly in the early exchanges.

"They've scored a goal with a bit of quality. The second was a bit disappointing as we overplayed with it.

"In saying that, the lads could have rolled over at that point and got beaten by three or four, because Norwich can do that to teams.

"But they didn't. They dug deeper and got it back to 2-2 but one split second moment where their key striker has reacted to the ball on the edge of the box and sent it into the back of the net.

"It is a very quiet dressing room as you can imagine.

"It always hurts when you get beat but it is the nature of the profession we are in.

"We just have to pick ourselves up on Monday morning and get ready to go again against Leeds United."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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