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

  • January 25, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson praised the display of his players, despite watching his Bolton side exit the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Bristol City.

For the second time in the space of just 13 days, Wanderers led at Ashton Gate only to suffer defeat - having lost by the same scoreline in a Championship fixture earlier in the month.

Whilst Parkinson admits his team were poor on their last visit, he admits to being happy with a 'top class' performance on Friday, after a number of first-teamers were ruled out due to injury.

"I am very proud of the performance tonight," Parkinson told "I thought we were excellent.

"Two kids came in, Luca Connell and Joe Pritchard, and did very well.

"We changed the shape of the team as Wheats (David Wheater) got a knock yesterday in training and Marc Wilson pulled up in the warm-up, so we were two centre-halves down.

"We asked Mark Little, who was due to come in at full back, to come into the middle which shows we have had some disruption as we threw a different shape at the lads.

"We felt we had to press them and get higher up the pitch than we did last time.

"There were countless opportunities and (we) got into some great positions to get at least a draw and a replay at our place.

"Last time we came here, we could have lost by four or five, as we were too open. Tonight was the exact opposite despite the scoreline being the same.

"All in all, the manner of the performance was top class tonight."

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