Darren Pratley - We let the club, fans and Jimmy Phillips down

Captain speaks following the weekend's defeat at Bristol City

Darren Pratley has issued an apology on behalf of the Bolton Wanderers players following the weekend’s defeat against Bristol City.

Speaking to bwfc.co.uk, the club captain said: “We’ve let the club down and we all know that. After all the club has been through of late we should be doing better and we know that.

“We’re sorry to all of the fans that travelled to the game. What we served up simply wasn’t good enough. Throughout this season the fans have stuck with us, but after the Bristol City game I don’t think any one of us can challenge any of the criticism that comes our way.

“It also wasn’t a fair reflection on Jimmy Phillips. We’ve let him down in his first game as interim manager. He set us up in training on the Friday, but the game plan went right out of the window after three minutes. We can’t keep looking to the bench for inspiration – we have to shoulder the responsibility and adjust to what is going on.

“What happened at Bristol City can never happen again. There are ways of getting beat and that was unacceptable.

“We have to try and restore some pride between now and the end of the season, starting with our next game against Reading. Over the international break we’ll be training hard. We can’t hide from our situation right now.”

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