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Phil Parkinson on Josh Magennis's penalty miss at Rotherham

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Phil Parkinson will leave Josh Magennis to decide whether he picks up the ball for Wanderers’ next penalty.

The Bolton boss revealed he couldn’t watch as his striker stepped up to see his effort saved by Rotherham keeper Marek Rodak at the start of the second half on Saturday

“I didn’t watch but I look for our fans’ reaction,” he said. “When they didn’t jump up, I was like everyone else and disappointed.

“Josh has got to be brave enough to take them, he does in training, but we’ll move on and think about it next time. I’m just pleased we got one. Josh made a terrific run after a great ball from Joe Williams and deservedly got the penalty.”

Whereas there was little debate about the award of Wanderers’ spot kick, Millers boss Paul Warne was adamant his team had been denied a stonewall penalty nine minutes from the end.

Sub Ryan Manning claimed to be tripped on the edge of the box but was booked by referee John Brookes for diving.

"I honestly think there is contact," said a perplexed Warne. "I have watched it back eight times. The ref has obviously seen in it from a different angle and has booked him for simulation.

"I think it is a penalty. In the speed of the game, sometimes people might get it wrong.”

Parkinson disagreed, adding: "The referee was excellent in terms of being on the ball with every decision."

Warne felt his side produced enough chances to have won the game but predicted Wanderers would apply pressure after pushing men forward late on.

"It was a good game if you're a neutral," he said. "I'm disappointed not to win, even more so because their goal was so late on.

"I never think that a game is safe. Until the whistle goes, I am virtually having a heart attack.

"They had four strikers on by the end so I knew they would create something. It's a pity we didn't get a second goal."


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