Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Brentford

  • December 22, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson admits Bolton need to 'step up to the plate' over the Christmas period, after suffering defeat yet again at Brentford.

Neal Maupay scored the only goal at Griffin Park, ensuring Wanderers will spend Christmas Day occupying a relegation place for a third consecutive campaign at Championship level.

With games against Rotherham United, Stoke City and Hull City to come over the course of the next 10 days, Parkinson acknowledged his players are hurting but admits there is no time to dwell and feel sorry for themselves.

"It was another tight game that we've come away with nothing from," Parkinson told

"It was a great finish to win them the game and separate the two teams.

"Brentford were the stronger of the two teams in the first ten or fifteen minutes and then we grew into the second part of the first half.

"We got into some very good crossing positions, but a combination of the crossing not being good enough and that desire needed in the six-yard box to get us a goal lacking, meant that we couldn't find that moment.

"We all need those moments, we can't kid ourselves. We've been in so many tight situations and we need a moment when we get a goal that gives us all a lift.

"Once again, you can't fault the effort, preparation and the performance level of the team, but we need someone to step up to the plate and produce a moment of quality to give us a lift on the bench, the lads a lift on the pitch and the supporters - who travelled magnificently, a lift as well.

"We put the ball into the box from good areas today, and we need to keep on doing that, but we also need someone to finish one off.

"We're in every game. That is a credit to the lads and their work ethic, because when we go behind their heads don't drop, they keep going right to the end.

"The lads are hurting, we're all hurting and I know the supporters are too. We're not going to hide away from that. But, let me tell you, the whole group is hurting because we're doing all we can.

"We're going to do all we can in the Rotherham game on Boxing Day - which is one almighty fixture, it was always going to be. All the bottom teams have lost today, so the game is a massive one, just as it always was.

"We've got to look at these three games coming up over the Christmas period to try and get some points on the board."

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