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

  • March 02, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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If anything could go wrong for Bolton, manager Phil Parkinson believes it did in their defeat at Swansea City.

Wanderers were beaten 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium after conceding twice inside the final 10 minutes, all after the visitors had seen both Craig Noone and David Wheater sent off by referee Gavin Ward.

The Trotters escaped a first-half scare when Remi Matthews denied Oliver McBurnie from the penalty spot, but the Swans forward, combined with a stoppage-time strike from Bersant Celina, handed all three points to the hosts and left Bolton seven points from safety in the Championship relegation zone.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson felt the Gods were against his side on a day where they also had to content with injuries to Josh Magennis, Joe Williams and a suspension to Jason Lowe.

"I thought Swansea started the game very well," Parkinson told bwfc.co.uk.

"We had some good chances in the first-half ourselves - Callum Connolly in particular had a great chance - and Remi has made a good penalty save.

"The sending off of Craig Noone I think is a very poor decision. It's a block challenge in the middle of the pitch and I really don't know how he can tackle any fairer than he did.

"He's not lunged in or endangered the safety of his opponent, and if those challenges are yellow cards than we might as well just rule out tackling completely in the game.

"I don't think the referees know what a foul is or not now because they're a bit confused. I've had the benefit of seeing it back several times and unfortunately the ref has deemed it a yellow card.

"With 10 men it was always going to be difficult but I thought we coped really well, but going down to nine men is very difficult against a team of Swansea's quality.

"I can't argue with (Wheater's) sending off. We were the masters of it ourselves. Wheats is the last defender, even though he is a long way from goal, so I've no complaints with that particular decision.

"I didn't really feel under that much pressure and it's just a shame that we couldn't at least get a draw. The lads have given everything. There's no lack of effort out there.

"We lost some key players going into the game in Jason Lowe, and Joe Williams picked up a strain. We had to put Luca (Connell) back in after just one week of training but the lads have kept going, dug in, and credit to them for that.

"We're in a tough place, we know that. With lots of things on and off the pitch going on but we've just got to keep going."

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