Post-Match: Hill on Bolton's Defeat at Accrington Stanley

  • November 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Hill warned against overreaction, after seeing his Bolton side slip to their heaviest-ever third-tier defeat - losing 7-1 at Accrington Stanley.

Wanderers made a superb start at the Wham Stadium as Daryl Murphy fired them ahead inside five minutes, but the dismissal of Josh Earl and subsequent collapse was an alarming sight for more than 2,600 travelling supporters.

Speaking after the game, Hill admitted he would analyse the display in more detail with his staff and players, in hope of turning in a better performance and positive result when the two clubs meet again in the Trophy on Tuesday week.

"I'm very disappointed," Hill told OfficialBWFC on Youtube.

"I didn't see it coming and I don't understand it, so I've got to contemplate it and sift through the evidence but we've got to have a response.

"It shouldn't be a bad response to what is a bad situation because we don't want to make it any worse.

"When the dust has settled and the anger has left the body, the mind has to start working correctly.

"We find ourselves in a reasonable position having worked ever so hard over the previous nine games and we are not going to throw it away.

"It's a very disappointing result and performance but we still find ourselves in a good position to attack the league.

"I think it's a reminder of what we have to do because we weren't good enough without the ball - and certainly not good enough with it - and we have to make sure that we maintain standards in training every day this week so that we can prepare ourselves appropriately and readily for the next opponents.

"Everything went wrong and it's up to the players and staff to put it right on behalf of the supporters, who will go home angry and embarrassed.

"We can only apologise but we will make it better for them because we are one of them and we truly believe that we will start turning the corner.

"Let's try and put it in isolation and underline everything we've done that's been positive since we came to the club. We've got to make sure we don't overreact, be proactive in the way that we deal with ourselves and make sure we come out representing the badge better than we have done today."

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