PHIL Parkinson has apologised to Wanderers fans who watched their side hammered 4-0 by Hull City tonight.

Jared Bowen scored twice as the Tigers ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a comprehensive win.

Adama Diomande and man of the match Kamil Grosicki completed the rout, which leaves the Whites second bottom and guaranteed to be in the relegation zone throughout the international break.

A 1,072 travelling contingent of Bolton supporters made the trip to Humberside hoping to see their team build on the Carabao Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.

But after conceding three goals in the opening 30 minutes the contest was over – and Parkinson could only praise the vocal backing supplied by the fans despite the score-line.

“The only plus point I can possibly take was the supporters, who stuck behind us and I apologise to them because the performance was not good enough,” he told The Bolton News.

Parkinson was left fuming by a first-half challenge by Ireland international David Meyler on Jem Karacan, which forced the former Reading man off after 15 minutes.

“That challenge is a straight red in the current climate,” he said. “It’s not my only concern on the night, and I’m stood there, the linesman is there, the fourth official is there and we can all see it’s a reckless challenge in danger of hurting an opponent; it has done.

“It should have been a red and with Jem hobbling around, they went and got the first goal.”

Asked for an update on the midfielder’s fitness, Parkinson added: “He’s wearing a protective cast but we won’t know exactly how bad it is until we get back to Bolton for an x-ray.

“He jumped in two-footed on Jem’s standing foot and caught him just above the ankle. I cannot understand how that was not a red card offence.”

Parkinson gave no excuses for the performance and said he would review his own selection policy after seeing his side come a distant second best.

“We couldn’t cope with their pace and power all over the pitch,” he said.

“I have got to look at myself and analyse my team selection but equally they were too strong and too quick for us on the break and we couldn’t cope.

“They were poor goals. We were open more by giving the ball away than the shape of the team. But when we come back we have to find a way of staying in games because we’ve conceded goals in three games now and that’s not good enough for me.”