Post-Match: Hill on Bolton's Defeat at Blackpool

  • February 25, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Hill says Bolton's defeat at Blackpool brought him to his knees, with the result being amongst the most disappointing of his managerial career.

Having trailed to a 13th-minute opener from Connor Ronan, Wanderers looked to have rescued a point at Bloomfield Road when Kean Bryan volleyed home with a little over two minutes of normal time remaining.

The hosts would ultimately take the victory, however, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall lashing into the roof of the net in the final minute of normal time, leaving Hill 'devastated' for his players and travelling supporters.

"I've sunk to my knees many times in football but not like I have done tonight," Hill told OfficialBWFC on Twitter.

"I'm so bitterly disappointed for the players. I feel for the players who have worked ever so hard, not just in the game but in their preparation.

"To try and pull off a result on the back of a horrendous run - which we're still in - made it difficult to take.

"I'm so emotionally gutted for a group of players, a football club and supporters who stood by us tonight.

"They're going through the pain with us and hopefully the pain will soon become success.

"The players are really low in the changing rooms but we have to pick ourselves up. It's something that we have to do.

"We've chosen this as our profession, our life skill and we've got to try our best to produce again on Saturday.

"It will be difficult to recover but we will. We're in enough pain to accept more punches, so we've got to support one another and have a unity. We've got to work things out ourselves to make the future brighter.

"It's my job to organise and motivate the players. It's my job to put an arm round the shoulder. It's not my job to beat them in or over-criticise. It's my job to encourage them to do more, do better and concentrate for longer periods.

"It's a hard job at this moment in time but it's something that we want to do - to go through the pain to make sure we get the successes."

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