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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Rochdale

28 September 2016

Read back the key points covered by the manager following Tuesday's defeat to the Dale

Wanderers' fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to local-rivals Rochdale on Tuesday night.

Speaking to bwfc.co.uk after the final whistle, here is what manager Phil Parkinson had to say...



On his side's missed chances in front of goal in recent weeks...
We’re not taking our chances when we get them. We had a lot of opportunities but you could feel that our confidence got knocked when we missed our early ones. 

That’s not just because of tonight, that’s because of the last few weeks. We need to produce moments of quality to give ourselves a lift in games of football. 

We were unable to do that tonight and they’ve produced the one clinical bit of play which has resulted in them winning the game.

We’ve still had enough moments but we know we need to be better. 

We know that we’re going to take some criticism because we’re on an indifferent run at the moment. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and come out fighting at the weekend.

On James Henry's performance...
It’s a great ball across the face of goal from Jamie Proctor. Normally you’d expect James to score but he kept getting in there all night and had some terrific opportunities. 

When you miss chances as an individual, you’ve got to keep showing bravery to get into the six-yard box like he did. It wasn’t to be for him tonight but will be on another night.

On Tom Thorpe's first start for the club...
Tom did well. It was a tough game for him because of the way Rochdale play. They get the ball forward quickly but he dealt with it well. It’s always tough when you haven’t played for a while but he’s worked hard in training and he coped well.

On the 3,428 travelling Whites fans that made the trip...
The supporters were excellent. When you get a great away following like we did tonight, you’re desperate to give them a victory. 

I don’t think it was through a lack of effort. We’re just a team that has become a little bit fragile over the last few weeks because we’re not taking our chances. 

We need to put that right and will be working towards that at the weekend.

On the need to bounce back against Oxford United...
Hopefully we’ll have a few more players to choose from against Oxford. It’s a test of character. 

When you’re having an indifferent spell, you look back at it at the end of the season. 

You look to see who the people are that stood strong through that spell to help us come out the other end, and that’s what we need this weekend.  

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