PHIL Parkinson admits Wanderers failed to take advantage of Sheffield Wednesday’s vulnerability at Hillsborough.

The Owls had taken just one point from the last available 18 leading up to the game, leaving manager Jos Luhukay’s job in serious jeopardy.

But despite shading an uneventful first half, and setting the home fans grumbling, Bolton fell behind to Tom Lees’ header and failed to muster an effective response.

Wanderers put just one shot on target over the course of 90 minutes and did not seriously test home keeper Cameron Dawson, leaving Wednesday to coast to victory.

Pockets of the 300-strong travelling support voiced their displeasure – with many now calling for chairman Ken Anderson to take action.

Parkinson vowed to fight his corner after the final whistle but conceded his team had not done themselves, or him, any favours.

“I thought we were in control in the first half – in fact for the 13 minutes up to their goal we were the better team,” he said.

“They got a head of steam up at the start of the second half, which lifted the crowd, and we didn’t start as quickly as we needed to.

“But that’s not good enough, is it? Starting the second half and kicking towards that end we were second best for that period and it cost us the game.

“I hate getting beat, it’s a horrible feeling, let me tell you.

“The lads have run themselves into the ground but the mentality to not withstand that early period of pressure from Sheffield Wednesday has cost us the game and that’s so frustrating.

“Over the period of the game we’ve let a team off the hook tonight. The crowd were ready to turn on them. They looked lacking in confidence themselves in the first period – it was there for the taking and a goal has cost us.

“It’s so frustrating because you’ve seen Marc Wilson’s performance, and Yanic (Wildschut) probably had his best all-round game for us across 90 minutes. In the main we gave everything and tried to get back into the game but we shouldn’t have been in that situation.”