Scott Parker: "I am hurt in the way we lost today"

AFC Bournemouth boss, Scott Parker, gives his post match thoughts on the 1-0 defeat to Hull City.

AFC Bournemouth press conference | By Courtney HIll

AFC Bournemouth were made to rue several missed chances as Hull City snatched a 1-0 victory at Vitality Stadium after a dismal second half performance from the Dorset club.

Ryan Longman’s 77th minute winner was enough to see Scott Parker’s side record back-to-back defeats leaving the Cherries boss “ hurt'' with the manner of his team's defeat.

“I’m not hurt that we lost - we can lose football matches,” explained Parker.

“I am in a position where I watch a football team every week and understand there are another 11 men on the pitch and that of course you can lose, but I am hurt in the way we lost today and hurt in the way we performed in the second half.

He added: “There are certain traits I didn't like and it is my job and my responsibility to act on that and get that right.”

Parker was downbeat after the defeat and made it quite clear that the second half performance was not acceptable.

“There are certain things I stood for as a player and things I stand for as a man as well and the second half was nowhere near what I want my team to look like,” said the head coach.

“It is a wake up call for all of us, the players included in that and we need to understand that very quickly.”

Bournemouth peppered Hull’s goal throughout the first half in what was a dominant first half performance. Emiliano Marcondes and Dominic Solanke carved out the Dorset club’s best chances with Marcondes finding the outside of Nathan Baxter’s post after Solanke had put a free header wide of the Hull keeper’s post.

Despite an “exceptional” first half, Parker was not making any excuses for his side’s second half display which the Cherries boss admitted didn’t “deserve to win a football match”.

He continued: “It's tough but if you perform like we performed in the second half then you don't deserve anything.

“I can't sit here and protect in any way or drum this up any differently - the first half was very, very good, it was exceptional, the one criticism I have of us is that we don’t finish our chances.

“You rock out like that in the second half and you don't deserve to win a football match and that is what happened in the end.”

When asked about whether he could explain what went wrong, Parker seemed visibly deflated and called on his players to “understand” what went wrong after the midway break.

He said: “No I can’t, not at the moment. The second half we just looked way off in every department.

“There are trends that are happening in certain moments and I have been here for six months and I am learning everyday and I am learning about the players and us as a team but like I said, there are certain things I would like my team to stand for.

“The players will understand firmly where I am coming from and they will reflect tonight and understand that there's a certain ingredient I want from my team and individuals and hopefully they will understand that and get that.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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