Phil Parkinson watched his Bolton Wanderers side’s unbeaten run brought to an abrupt end with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He told the club’s official website about his disappointment, and the game also saw him and his opposite number Nuno Santo sent off just before half time.
He said: “We will have to regroup and show our resilience and be difficult to beat again because today we were too open and we gave away too many soft goals today.
“It was very tough for us today. Wolves are an outstanding team, they will win this league comfortably this season.
“They are an excellent side, they have real quality throughout all of the team and there will be many other teams who will have a tough afternoon at Molineux this season.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb with the soft goals we conceded early on. At 3-1 we have risked it and changed to a 4-4-2 to open the game up, but when you do that against a side as technically gifted as Wolves then they can punish you.
“We’ve had a good run of late and the last seven games have been excellent and we have to start that again this week.
“We have to take the recent qualities of the good run into this week’s training and into the next game now. The lads are obviously flat as you would imagine, but we know defensively we can do better.”
Despite Bolton’s good recent form, this match was as close to a home banker as there was across the leagues this weekend.
That is due to Wolves’ blistering form and Parkinson is right to acknowledge that the quality of his opponents yesterday.
He will be judged on how he picks his side up from this heavy set back, which, combined with Sunderland’s first win since August, sees Bolton rock bottom of the league again.
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