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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Brentford

23 September 2017

Wanderers slipped to defeat in their latest Sky Bet Championship outing against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

Yoann Barbet’s first-half free-kick put the visitors in front, before further second-half strikes from Nico Yennaris and Ollie Watkins put the result beyond doubt for the London outfit.

And speaking to the club’s website after the final whistle, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points…

On what went wrong…

We got off to a very bright start and we had a number of chances to get a goal, but we didn’t take them.

Their keeper has pulled off some terrific saves, but then we’ve conceded a wonder strike and that knocked the stuffing out of us.

You had two teams though, both without a win, and one’s had a terrific lift with a brilliant free-kick which knocked us.

At halftime, I left it with the same personnel because I felt that if we could have had a start like we did in the first half, then we would get chances again.

That wore on though and as we made changes, we became more open as a team and more vulnerable.

The two further strikes were right out of the top drawer too. Football is a game which is often separated by moments of quality in both ends of the pitch.

In fairness to Ben, he has made some good saves today, but when you get players producing moments like that, you have to hold your hands up.

You need your players to produce moments when it matters and our players haven’t done that.

On finding our rhythm…

We lost our way today and we can’t hide away from that. Our desire to chase the game however in terms of putting more attacking players on ensured that it became a more open game and we lost our structure.

In other games where we have gotten beat, like Ipswich last week, we were right in the game until the end and had far more about our play than we did today.

On turning our fortunes around…

It’s all about regrouping in training before our game against Bristol and picking a team who will stick together if it gets tough alongside play similar to how we did at Ipswich.

Even though we got beat in that game, it was probably the best we’ve played this season and goals will always change the feel around a stadium.

We just can’t get that first goal at the moment.

On what could have been…

We started so well and the two wing-backs did a superb job, while Fil did a great job in behind the front two today.

The way we set-up looked the right way at the start, but the goal obviously changed that. It’s a ruthless game, this is a tough division and if you aren’t careful, you will get punished.


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