Post-Match: Hill on Bolton's Defeat to Wycombe Wanderers

  • February 15, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Hill admitted Bolton's second-half display against Wycombe Wanderers was below-par but insists there are still positives for him to take.

The Trotters fell to a third consecutive defeat on Saturday, as a Toto Nsiala own-goal and penalty from Joe Jacobson gave the Chairboys a comfortable victory at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Hill believes the timing of goals conceded ultimately went against his team but he will refuse to pin blame on players due to the delicate nature of their current confidence levels.

"It was a difficult game in difficult circumstances," Hill told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"There was a little bit of direct pressure from the opponents. It's not an insult, it's a very effective way that they play.

"We condeded goals at the wrong time again. It's a disappointing result but I've got to find crumbs of encouragement from it.

"Jack Hobbs came through 90 minutes, Joe Bunney got on the pitch and the lads didn't give up.

"There's a hell of a lot of pride underneath those shirts from those players. The effort was superb but at times misguided in decision making.

"We're going to be a good side if we make better footballing decisions. But that's the old conundrum for players.

"Confidence is a key component but once the first goal went in we looked a bit devoid. The ball didn't stick upfront as I expected it would in the second half.

"We never really got going and it looked like a disappointing second half.

"You're always disappointed when you concede goals but there's no point in me beating players up. They're down - they're lower than a snake's belly.

"I have conversations with players all the time but it's not for me to go in there (dressing room) balling and shouting. I don't want them to endure the situation we're in. Without offending anyone, I want them to enjoy it and try to embrace it so that they become the players which I know they are.

"A little bit of pressure sometimes can force people to fold and bring anxiety. I want them to experience the good pressure.

"The result was not very good. Some of the performance was more than acceptable but there's some parts that need to be better and those have to be individual, then collectively we'll look more like a team."

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