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The Reaction: Blues 1 Bolton 2

Posted: Sat 05 Oct 2013

Lee Clark and Jonathan Spector give their thoughts on the 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

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Boss Lee Clark and midfielder Jonathan Spector give their thoughts on Saturday's narrow defeat to the Trotters.

Lee Clark on the two goals conceded…
“They were just individual errors from two lads (Dan Burn and Darren Randolph) who have been brilliant for us all season. They’re human beings and we all make mistakes.

“Unfortunately for the two lads today theirs have cost us goals but there is no finger-pointing at them.” 


Clark on his side’s first-half performance…
“Our general first-half performance in terms of us not being the driving force we’d been in our previous three home games, was for me the catalyst for the result.

“There is no good way to lose the game. We didn’t make Bogdan enough in terms of efforts on goal. We didn’t play with the same drive and pressing game that we had done in previous home games and then you leave yourself open to being hit (on the break). Bolton were able to do that because they are very good and have experienced players.

“We needed to make sure their fragile confidence was being affected and we didn’t; we allowed them to grow into the game and their confidence levels came back. You saw their players coming back to the level of performance that I think Dougie will be pleased with.”

Clark on the clear shout for a late penalty when the ball struck Liam Feeney’s arm…
“There are no ifs and buts, it was a penalty. In all honesty this season that must be five we’ve been on the end of or given against us.

“On a Monday morning the boss of the referees keeps telling me it either shouldn’t have been a penalty given against us or should have been a penalty given for us. But what good is it on a Monday morning? It’s about his lads getting their major decisions right.”

The boss on the two week international break coming up…
“We won’t be dwelling on it; we’ll be working with the players to get consistency and teaching the young players how to get on a winning run.

“And even if you play and you win, win, win then you draw then you win, during that run you’re not playing scintillating football al the time.”

Jonathan Spector on Bolton...

"The referee made his decision and we felt that it was a penalty but we can't change that now. It was a difficult game with the way Bolton set up. They were sitting back and defending. They were clearly aware of Chris Burke's ability early on but he did very well and got some great crosses in even though they tried to shut the supply to him. 

"It was still a good move on their part and they made it difficult for us because the balls that we tried to play into Ziggy were a bit too straight so it became hard for him to try to win those headers."