Tigers turn heat on Parkin­son

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Si­mon Cooper

BOLTON man­ager Phil Parkin­son ac­cepts the pres­sure is mount­ing af­ter his side were jeered off af­ter los­ing at home to Hull City.

With just one win from their past 11 Cham­pi­onship games, Parkin­son’s team felt the wrath of the frus­trated home sup­port­ers.

Fraizer Camp­bell’s sev­enth-minute goal set­tled a sig­nif­i­cant en­counter for both in which the hosts fought man­fully but rarely threat­ened to find a way through.

Hull mid­fielder Jack­son Irvine or­ches­trated the goal with a sweep­ing cross to­wards Markus Hen­rik­sen on the right flank.

Hen­rik­sen played the ball to­wards Kamil Grosicki in­side Bolton penalty’s area, but the Poland in­ter­na­tional self­lessly dum­mied for an un­marked Camp­bell, whose shot was too pow­er­ful for Ben Al­nwick.

To com­pound the sense of un­ease, Bolton chair­man Ken An­der­son said in a state­ment on Thurs­day that he would take “what­ever ac­tions I think are nec­es­sary to en­sure that our re­sults im­prove”.

And Parkin­son said: “They are an hon­est group of play­ers and they care, and when that (An­der­son’s re­marks) comes out, it snow­balls and adds to the pres­sure. I think I de­serve re­spect for every­thing I’ve done for the club. My­self and the staff have done an out­stand­ing job and will hope­fully con­tinue to do so.”

When pressed about his fu­ture at Bolton, Parkin­son said: “I don’t think there’s a de­ci­sion to make, per­son­ally. What will be, will be. It’s a bru­tal in­dus­try.

“The only way to turn this club around is, from top to bot­tom, to stick to­gether. As a man­ager, when you are not win­ning games, the pres­sure is on you. I’ll keep my coun­sel, but I’m de­lighted with the job I’ve done at this foot­ball club.”

Bolton at least ral­lied af­ter Camp­bell’s goal. Hull de­fender Tommy Elphick ro­bustly de­nied Chris­tian Doidge from a chal­leng­ing an­gle, while crafty play­maker Erhun Oz­tumer was a con­tin­ual men­ace be­tween the lines.

In­deed, Oz­tumer cre­ated the best open­ing of the first half for Bolton when he threaded a cute pass to­wards Clay­ton Don­ald­son af­ter 26 min­utes.

Goal­keeper David Mar­shall swiftly closed down the Bolton for­ward, though Don­ald­son should still have done much bet­ter than spoon the ball over the cross­bar. Parkin­son ad­mit­ted a lack of in­ci­sion in front of goal re­mains the is­sue.

He said: “We had enough chances to get some­thing from the game, but we can’t keep miss­ing the tar­get.”

Hull re­main in the rel­e­ga­tion zone hav­ing lost their pre­vi­ous past five away games.

But boss Nigel Ad­kins is adamant his team de­served more from re­cent per­for­mances.

He said: “We’ve cre­ated a lot of chances in the last run of games we’ve had and here we’ve come away from home and kept a clean sheet.

“You could see there’s a spirit among the play­ers – ev­ery­one con­trib­uted. We’ve cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties early on pre­vi­ous games and this time we’ve taken one.”

PIC­TURE: Fo­cus Im­ages

WIN­NER: Hull’s Fraizer Camp­bell scores the only goal of the game

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