Action and reaction from defeat at Bolton

Last updated : 27 December 2017 By Michael Morris

Bolton assistant boss Steve Parkin: "We knew the game might not be a great spectacle in terms of how much football was played but I thought we showed quality in the second half to give us the opportunities that we got. It was a well deserved victory and every man stood up and was counted.

"There was natural disappointment after the (1-0 defeat to) Burton and that's no disrespect to Burton. But we knew we hadn't played as well as we could. It was the performance of the season so far in terms of being committed against a very good team."


Neil Warnock: "I thought we were okay until the penalty went in. In the second half we stepped up a gear and for the first 15 minutes of it they didn't get in our half. But the penalty knocked us off. The lad (Bamba) is going backwards. It hit his hand so we have no complaints about that.

"But deliberate handball? Come on. You don't get things given like that in a game like this. You know when it is a penalty and they were very fortunate to get that."

And why did you sub Lee Tomlin so soon after bringing him on?

"I didn't want a sending off at 2-0.

"We'd already lost the game and I didn't want to lose a player as well," said Warnock.

"I could see what (Karl) Henry was doing. I've had Henry before, and Pratley, and they were trying to wind him up to get him off, putting his head into his face and stuff like that. So I thought 'why not bring him off'.

"We've lost the points. We don't want to lose a player as well."