PHIL PARKINSON POST-GILLINGHAM PRESSER


Phil Parkinson was clearly gutted after his side let their lead slip twice and blew the opportunity to climb to third place and within a point of second placed Rotherham. Instead we remain fifth. Parkinson said: “It hurts. I felt we were comfortable for most of the game. Against Gillingham you have to defend set plays and long throws, and for the majority we did that. Two moments proved costly. First, we had to head the ball out from the middle of the goal, the second one we needed greater desire to block the shot and if we do that it is three points. You need to win headers in the middle of the goal, show real desire in the last minute or first minute if you want to win games. The lads put a lot of effort in, Gillingham play in a very physical kind of way. In the main we handled it OK but it has to be 100 per cent of the time and not 90 per cent of the time. It hurts when you concede so late in the day. If it was an amazing bit of skill then you say OK, but today with both situations we could have done a lot better. I’m pleased for Kyle. His first goal was a great team goal and the second was a fantastic pass by George and a cool finish. Good for us to get him up and running.”


Parkinson also explained Charlie Wyke’s absence. “Charlie has had a bit of a problem with his back recently so we decided to get that sorted. He could probably have carried through to the Blackpool game but it was getting to a stage where we just felt we'd do the injection this week and hopefully get him right for the games coming up. He's got a good chance for Tuesday. It's not a major problem but with Kyle and Griggy available, we felt we could take the chance to get it sorted. It wasn't too bad earlier this week but as it went on, it just didn't get much better. We could have got him through painkillers but we decided to get it sorted and hopefully we'll reap the benefits of that.”


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