Post-Match: Hill on Bolton's Defeat at Doncaster Rovers

  • February 11, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Hill repeatedly used the word 'proud' when asked to provide his thoughts following Bolton's 2-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

Goals either side of half-time from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Niall Ennis put Rovers well on their way to victory at the Keepmoat Stadium and they did indeed hold out to claim all three points, despite a consolation from Wanderers forward Joe Dodoo shortly before the hour.

Speaking after the game, Hill admitted his disappointment at having lost yet another game of football but insisted there are positive aspects from which to build upon, given how Rovers and Saturday's opponents - Coventry City - are both pushing for promotion to the Championship.

"I'm really proud of the players," Hill told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"I'm proud of their effort and endeavour. They never gave up and we gave it a good go.

"I'm proud to represent Bolton, the supporters and that group of players. They've given me everything tonight and given the supporters everything.

"They've been narrowly defeated twice away from home against two top sides in League One.

"I'm encouraged by the commitment, the performance and if we make better footballing decisions over 95 minutes, we'll start turning that effort into results.

"It's difficult for the players to keep putting their head above the parapet. It's very difficult but they are doing it and we're all doing it, trying to represent our supporters and give them a little bit of glory.

"We've got 16 games where we need to but I'm sure the supporters appreciate the effort levels, commitment and desire.

"I'm not pleased with the result - nobody likes losing - but I think they're representing some good core footballing values in their performances.

"If we're going to lose, we've got to lose with a bit of pride and I felt we showed that."

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