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

  • February 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was left bemused by his dismissal, as he was sent to the stands during Bolton's 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.

Moments after falling behind for a second time, a touchline melee ensued as a result of a challenge on Ezgjan Alioski by Wanderers forward Josh Magennis.

In his attempts to calm the situation, Parkinson appeared to be shoved by United defender Pontus Jansson before being shown a red card by referee Tony Harrington - something the Trotters boss admitted he would be seeking a response to.

"I'm just going to see the ref in a minute because there was a melee on the side of the pitch - one of their players has poured a drinks bottle over one of our player's head," Parkinson told the Press Association.

"Both sets of staff have gone to separate it because they didn't want it to escalate into anything. I did have a go at Pontus Jansson saying I felt he'd instigated it by running over.

"There were about 15 people in amongst it being calm and he's decided to pick me out and give me a red card.

"So I'll ask him what his reasons for that are."

As for the game itself, Parkinson felt Wanderers were more than worthy of at least a point and has backed goalkeeper Remi Matthews to bounce back from the mistake which ultimately cost his side a result.

"We had some good chances in the first half, like Magennis' header that the keeper has done excellently with," he told

"I thought the lads stuck to the game plan and worked exceptionally hard. We have taken a good team right to the wire.

"It was hugely disappointing to get nothing from the game, but we have to take heart from the game.

"We fatigued in the second half, as did Leeds, but the level of performance didn't drop at all.

"To concede the second goal in that manner hurts, as Remi has been excellent since he has come into the team. I know he will recover from that and come back stronger.

"I felt we had our moments in the game and I felt the lads took the St. Andrew's performance into this game.

"There was an aggression and a tenacity about us today, a real work ethic.

"Like I said to everyone prior to the game, Reading and Rotherham have drawn today and if we could have come through these games still in touching distance, I think we have got a decent chance.

"On our travels, we have set a benchmark for what we need to do and we need to reproduce it against Swansea City."

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22 Southend United 31 16
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