Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to West Brom

  • January 21, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was left cursing a lack of quality in his Bolton side, after they were beaten 2-0 by West Bromwich Albion.

Goals in each half from Jay Rodriguez and Sam Field gave the Baggies all three points at the University of Bolton Stadium, on a night where attention was very much on events off the field as the home supporters protested against club chairman and owner Ken Anderson.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson maintained focus on the action from the pitch - where he believes the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) could have potentially seen a different outcome from the visitors' opening goal.

"We are disappointed not to get something from the game because I thought in the first half, we were the better team," Parkinson told

"We conceded a poor goal from the set play and albeit a good header from (Craig) Dawson, was the lad offside? Probably so if VAR was in use tonight.

"It was a shame because we got in good positions tonight and thought our approach play was great.

"In the second half, I thought in patches we were looking good but a moment of real quality has won them the game.

"Sometimes that can be the difference as the lad has let it run and finished it excellently.

"Chances were few and far between for both sides but I think on the balance of it, we had the better chances.

"When you play a top team, you aren't going to have a lot of chances, if we are being realistic.

"We have to work on making our attempts count and we are hoping to look at that by bringing in one or two players.

"I have spoken to the chairman in the last 24 hours and we are working hard to add to what we have got."

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