Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat to Ipswich Town

  • April 06, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes a lack of training, brought on due to a player strike, heavily contributed to Bolton's defeat at home to Ipswich Town.

After giving themselves a slim chance of survival with victory at Queens Park Rangers last time out, Wanderers were beaten by the Championship's bottom club on Saturday.

A week of uncertainty had preceeded this game, however, with players missing training throughout the week and a winding up hearing at the High Court all coming before a 'critical' failure of computer equipment meant an official go-ahead wasn't given until the early hours of Saturday morning.

Speaking afterwards, however, Parkinson felt the nature of Bolton's performance was primarily down to a lack of training and preparation over the course of the past seven days.

"I don't think we can hide away," Parkinson told bwfc.co.uk. "It was a very poor first-half display from us.

"We looked laboured, off the pace and they (Ipswich) were sharper to the ball all over the pitch.

"The goals were conceded summed up that first 45 minutes.

"We were better in the second period. The substitutes that came on made a difference but it's difficult to win a game of football when, for a half a game, you're second best.

"We gave ourselves a huge lift last week and we had the opportunity to build on that, but the preparation hasn't been good enough for this level of football.

"You can look at it and look for reasons why we were so far off the pace. The week's preparation in terms of training hasn't been good enough for this level.

"If you have two or three players who have missed a week of training, there's a concern about whether they can play. But when you've got a whole team who have had the majority of the week off, it's difficult to get up to the levels required because of the physical demands of this level."

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