Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Sheff Wed

  • March 12, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has challenged his players to go for broke against Wigan Athletic, after Bolton were beaten at home by Sheffield Wednesday.

Three days after a morale-boosting victory over Millwall, Wanderers were well beaten by the Owls as goals in each half from Steven Fletcher and Rolando Aarons gave the Owls all three points at the University of Bolton Stadium.

With an international break on the horizon following the weekend trip to the DW Stadium, Parkinson wants his players to recover and find a new gear when they line up for Saturday's Lancashire derby - where they will be backed by more than 2,000 travelling fans.

"I thought it was a very tight game and one quality moment in the first half came from them," Parkinson told

"The goal gave them a huge lift and we found it difficult to respond.

"They were extremely difficult conditions to play football in and a couple of moments of quality came from them and they decided a tight game.

"There was nothing in it for the majority of the first period.

"It is such a shame that when you come off the back of a tough game on the weekend, the first goal in today's game becomes that much more crucial.

"I think we were lacking that quality and they showed that when they get that goal before half time, it gave them a severe lift.

"We saw that tonight and we need to regroup now and look forward to Wigan and make it six points from nine.

"That's got to be the aim now, to get six points in seven days.

"We have a few days to rest now and after Wigan, an international break - meaning we can't leave anything out on the pitch and at the weekend.

"We have to go there believing we can win."

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