The Whites suffered their first defeat of the Sky Bet Championship season, falling to a 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest and finished the game with ten men after Darren Pratley was sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half.
After the game at the City Ground, the Bolton boss told the local press he will not get too carried away with this afternoon’s result and explained why striker David Ngog missed the game against the Reds.
“We didn’t give ourselves the chance to play because of the first ten minutes and the sending off,” said the manager.
“We made it difficult for ourselves with having a man sent off and we found ourselves with an uphill battle.
“The players from about the 66th minute never gave in and kept on trying to do the right thing. It is Nottingham Forest’s day and we now have to move on.
“David Ngog wasn’t feeling to well yesterday, again that was very disappointing but it happens. We have got a decent group of players but if we pick up one or two injuries we are going to find ourselves short.
“But that wasn’t the case today, the case was if we don’t come to places like Nottingham Forest and start properly then we will face an uphill battle.
“It was always going to be a difficult five or six opening league games because of the teams we are coming up against.
“We have to realise as a football club where we are. When players get injured, it is difficult and we are forced to play one or two younger players.
“The signs that we saw against Reading, we looked like we could have won that game. We can’t get too carried away with how disappointed we are today."