Darren Pratley bemoans ‘frustrating’ Bolton defending during defeat to Norwich City

Bradley Johnson of Norwich and Darren Pratley of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Champ

Bradley Johnson of Norwich and Darren Pratley of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Bolton midfielder Darren Pratley feels his side were unlucky to lose at Carrow Road, after conceding two 'frustrating' goals.

The 29-year-old played 85 minutes of Wanderers' 2-1 defeat in Norfolk but went back to Lancashire feeling hard done by.

'It's a disappointing night. We'd like to thank the fans who travelled down really – it's a long journey here and back and I'm really disappointed for them that we couldn't pick up any points,' the former Swansea City midfielder said.

'We are disappointed, but it's gone now and we look forward to Tuesday against Cardiff – it'll be another tough game, but hopefully we can get something out of it.

'It will be hard, but we're in front of our own fans and we're looking forward to trying to get a positive result.

'Ultimately our inability to convert chances in the final third has cost us against Norwich, but we were disappointed with the goals we conceded – one on the counter attack and then one from a set piece which is frustrating because we work on those in training.

'We can look back and wonder what could have been, but it's gone now and we have to look forward.'

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The defeat to the Canaries was the second loss in four games since former Celtic boss Neil Lennon replaced Dougie Freedman as the Trotters chief.

Pratley has started all four of those games and looks to be a key part of Lennon's plans to reinvigorate the struggling Lancashire club.

But the loss leaves Wanderers second from bottom in the Championship table but with two home games to come this week, against Cardiff tomorrow night and Wigan on Friday, Pratley won't be taking his place in the team for granted.

'Being on the field and playing gives you confidence and it's just nice to be out there – I'll play wherever the team needs me to. I'm just enjoying playing,' Pratley told Wanderers' official website.

'Obviously the result isn't what we wanted, but it feels good to be out on the pitch. I moved here to play football and the manager is giving me confidence in playing so I'm enjoying it.'

He knows he faces tough competition from the likes of Lee Chung-Yong and Neil Danns as well, adding: 'We have some very good players at this club which is what you want and everybody is competing, especially in midfield where we have a lot of talented players, even without counting the younger lads in that.

'It's always tough to stake your claim in the side, but it's only a good thing for Bolton Wanderers that there is that competition for places

'It's always healthy and it will help to get the best out of us, knowing our place isn't guaranteed.'