Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Leeds United

  • December 15, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson praised his side for their performance in defeat to Leeds United, but admits there is still work to do to turn their fortunes around.

Patrick Bamford scored the only goal of the game at the University of Bolton Stadium, firing home on 66 minutes as he marked his return from a three-month injury absence with his first league goal of the season.

Wanderers were denied a late penalty when Craig Noone appeared to be tripped by Kalvin Phillips, leaving Parkinson yet again left discussing a controversial refereeing decision that went against his team.

"I thought we gave everything in a very tight game tonight," Parkinson told bwfc.co.uk.

"A moment of quality has separated the two teams, as they broke away and it was a clinical finish from Bamford.

"I thought we pressed them well at times, but when we won the ball back, we gave it back far too quickly.

"When we didn't find that pass on the break, it hurt us.

"Whilst we can be pleased with the way we have applied ourselves, because the lads have left it all out there, to give yourself a breather against teams of Leeds' quality, we just needed that bit of calmness when we were on the ball and we lacked that.

"On a positive note, we have restricted a good Leeds team to virtually nothing but the seven million pound player who came on has provided that moment of quality that separated the two sides.

"We probably should have had a penalty, but I will leave that for everyone else to decide.

"Nooney has gone in and got the wrong side of the lad, with the defender unaware of his presence.

"He has clipped him and everybody knows we were unlucky to not get the decision and it may have given us a lift that we needed."

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