Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at Wigan Athletic

  • March 16, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson didn't hold back in his criticism of Bolton's players, after Wanderers were on the receiving end of a 5-2 defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Dubbed pre-match as a relegation six-pointer in which the visitors could ill-afford to lose, the Trotters fell to their heaviest-ever loss against their near neighbours and look doomed to relegation - eight points from safety with the same number of games remaining.

Speaking after the match at the DW Stadium, Parkinson felt his team had opportunities to take something from their visit but admitted the nature of their defending gave them no chance.

"We were not good enough", Parkinson told bwfc.co.uk.

"Defensively, we weren't strong enough right from the first two or three minutes.

"We conceded a poor free-kick and [conceded] a free header in the middle of the goal.

"For the second goal, we didn't play to the conditions. We were short on our clearance and got punished.

"The third goal is comical and then when we got back in the game with a goal - because we had chances - we then conceded very quickly both times we scored.

"If you can't deal with their front players, like we didn't today, then you're not going to win a football game and that's not good enough.

"The annoying thing is we looked threatening today and like we could score. We've had other opportunities but you've got to give yourselves a chance and as manager, while I'll take the flak firmly on the chin, some of the individual performances were nowhere near good enough."

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