BOSS Scott Parker admitted Cherries were “off in all aspects” during their shock 3-2 defeat at Derby County.

Goals from Jaidon Anthony and Dominic Solanke had put the visitors into a 2-1 lead at Pride Park, wiping out Jason Knight’s headed opener.

But back came the Rams with two goals from captain fantastic Tom Lawrence to inflict a first away league defeat of the season on Cherries.

Assessing the game a whole, Parker said: “Poor day I thought, to be honest with you. I didn’t think we played well enough to warrant the three points.

“In saying that, at 2-1, although it’s not your day and you are not playing as well as you want to play in all aspects, I still felt maybe you can get a result, not the way you probably want it.

“You can lose games of football, I am fully aware of that. But we were just off in all aspects of our game.

“Defensively, as a unit, as a team, we weren’t great and with the ball we weren’t there. We conceded an early goal, got ourselves back in front with some lovely goals and some good play.

“But from there we made the game 50-50. We weren’t brave enough with the ball and we didn’t assert ourselves in the way I would like us to assert ourselves and what we have been accustomed to seeing.

“We turned the game into a bit of a basketball match and we have been on the end of a bad result.”

Asked why he felt the visitors could not control proceedings at 2-1 up, Parker replied: “I just didn’t think we controlled the game well enough.

“We all understand what Derby are going through and at that point the crowd were quiet but we turned the game into a little bit of a basketball match and gave them a little bit of hope.

“All of a sudden the crowd start raring up. It’s a good goal from Lawrence, a bit of brilliant and they get the penalty – before you know it, it becomes a difficult afternoon for us.”

Defeat left Cherries second in the Championship, a point behind league leaders Fulham.