Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Preston

  • February 09, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson blamed 'cheap goals' for Bolton's defeat to Preston North End, claiming his side fell apart after starting the game brightly.

Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen scored late in each half as the Lilywhites emerged victorious at the University of Bolton Stadium, despite a late consolation from Clayton Donaldson seeing the match finish 2-1.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Parkinson admitted his team were second best in all areas of the pitch and has called for a 'back to basics' approach ahead of Tuesday's trip to Birmingham City.

"I thought we started okay, as we had good chances in Josh Magennis' shot and header early on," Parkinson told bwfc.co.uk.

"But Preston got control of the game and we were poor today in terms of passing the ball to each other.

"We have done that a lot better in recent games, Sheffield United in particular, but today we didn't do that.

"The goals we conceded were soft. The first goal we got done with a one-two and the second one is a basic mistake.

"If you look at that second goal, it was a period of the game where we were having some pressure and we were doing a lot better.

"We need to do better to show more resiliency and not give away cheap goals.

"It's always a mood changer when you concede just before the break and it was poor from my point of view.

"We came out in the second half a lot better and the momentum was with us up to the second goal and in fairness, the lads did go out and grab one back.

"There are other games like West Brom where I have come away and thought we've played well and matched our opposition. Today, I didn't feel like we did that.

"The disruption we had at the back I think showed as we looked disjointed at times. We need to rectify that come Tuesday night."

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