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Phil Parkinson on Yanic Wildschut's recent form

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Yanic Wildschut could be back on the bench tomorrow after a “disappointing” display against Nottingham Forest.

Much was expected of the Dutchman when he arrived on loan from Norwich City in the summer as one of Phil Parkinson’s marquee loan signings.

A dozen games into his Bolton career, Wildschut has yet to complete 90 minutes and was hooked at half-time on Wednesday night after a wasteful performance which failed to impress his manager.

“Yanic was disappointing,” he told The Bolton News. “I don’t think anyone can hide away from that. He gave the ball away too many times.

“I have showed him many times that if you come inside as a wide player you have to keep the ball. If you lose it you get counter-attacked on. Time and time again that happened in the first half and we have to be better than that.

“If you give the ball away cheaply you are in trouble and that’s what we did in the first period of the game.”

Wanderers will keep an eye on Will Buckley’s condition for the visit of Hull City now that the winger has returned to training following a hamstring injury.

The former Sunderland and Brighton man could be drafted in by the Bolton boss in an effort to spark an attack which has been chronically short on goals.

Parkinson hinted, however, that he is unlikely to deviate significantly from the formation he used against Nottingham Forest.

Striving for a balance between attack and defence, the Bolton boss admits his side have struggled to create enough chances in recent weeks.

“We changed to three at the back at Rotherham, then four against Forest because I looked back at the Blackburn and Derby game with that shape,” he said.

“I went with Josh Vela behind Josh Magennis because I felt on the last day of the season he had caused him a lot of problems with his runs from that position. And I think he did very well.

“That was my thinking behind the team selection but, as always, when you lose you look at yourself and wonder whether you could do something else.

“But when you get in that final third, you need to produce something more.

“We have to find a way of playing which gives us a better chance.

“As always, there’s a bit of thinking to be done. We all want to attack more and have more attempts because we know we were not threatening the goal enough but equally we can’t leave the back door open.

“There’s always a cry to ‘get another striker on’ but as I’ve explained many times, when you lose your structure against teams with the quality of top-end Championship sides like Forest, it’s not the best way to get back into the game.”


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