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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Sheffield Wednesday

27 November 2018

Bolton Wanderers fell to a 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening.

A Tom Lees header early in the second half saw the Owls take three points in this clash.

When speaking to bwfc.co.uk after the game, manager Phil Parkinson covered these topics…

On his assessment of the game…

“I thought apart from the first 15 minutes of the second half, we were the better team.”

“I thought Sheffield Wednesday were there for the taking tonight.

“First half, we controlled the game for long periods.

“I thought they got a lift with Forestieri coming on and he lifted the crowd in the early part of that second half.

“We can only blame ourselves for that, as we knew kicking towards that end that they start quick and that is the thing that has cost us.

“It is very frustrating because over the 90 minutes, the lads have given endeavour and honesty.”

On it being frustrating to concede from a set-piece…

“I don’t think Ben has hardly touched the ball all night and it is a soft goal to concede.

“It is being switched on in that particular moment that has determined whether we got anything from tonight.

“I felt that over the 90 minutes we were more than a match for them.”

On creating chances…

“We need somebody to produce a moment for a team that is running hard, tackling and challenging for everything a much needed lift.

“We just need a moment of quality and we have been striving for that.

“We have changed the personnel, we’ve changed the shape and I feel it is within the group.

“But like I have said to them, we need to step up, play and produce those moments.

“It is all about producing when it really matters.”

On not being able to build on a positive result away at Millwall…

“We came here to build on it and made a couple of changes.

“In general we played okay but the mentality at the start of both halves is frustrating.

“There is not much more I can say other than the lads are completely out on their feet in the dressing room.

“We have had to change the shape a couple of times to try and get back into it and it may have become a bit disjointed.

“However, with those half chances, we need to make the opposition work more.”

On getting the group going again with Wigan Athletic coming up at the weekend…

“It is a big game for us and we will go and watch them tomorrow night and see what they are all about.

“We have to come out fighting at the weekend.”


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