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In his own words: Jimmy Phillips post-Bristol City

19 March 2016

Post-game quotes from the interim boss following defeat at Ashton Gate

Jimmy Phillips spoke to the media following Bolton’s 6-0 defeat away at Bristol City.

A thoroughly miserable afternoon at Ashton Gate got off to the worst possible start, with the Trotters two goals down inside the opening ten minutes.

And things went from bad to worse in the second half, as Bolton collapsed and conceded a further four goals.

Speaking in his post-match press conference Phillips covered the below points.

On the manner of the performance…
I can only apologise to all of the Bolton fans, from those in the ground to those following from afar. It was an embarrassing performance and the players admitted that in the dressing room after the game. We’ve let the supporters and club down today. The players know that. We didn’t dominate the play at any stage and didn’t work hard enough to close the Bristol City players down.

On the Bristol City goals…
I don’t think that they had to work too hard for the goals. Conceding after three minutes in an away game set the tone and we were wide open for the second goal.

On the team selection…
We put Kaiyne Woolery upfront as we felt we needed some pace in the team. It was something that we lacked, particularly with Liam Feeney moving on loan to Ipswich. Kaiyne is still learning the game and at times he did cause the Bristol defenders a couple of problems in the first half, but that was about as good as it got for us.

On the task ahead…
There’s a lot of work to be done and a big rebuilding process ahead. Maybe today’s result has put into perspective just how big of a rebuild is needed. Our task has now been made far harder by today’s result. It’s damaging to morale and to team spirit.

On the upcoming international break…
We’ve got a two-week period to properly work with the players now. Even if we had won today, we would have still have been in over the international period because we time to work with the players and get across our ideas. We need to get some structure and organisation into the players and that’s what we’ll be working hard to do.

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