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In quotes: Bolton v Fleetwood Town

22 August 2016

bwfc.co.uk rounds up manger, player and local press post-match reaction following Wanderers' victory over the Cod Army

Wanderers' fourth successive win saw them record their best start to a season for 82 years as they maintained their lead at the top of the Sky Bet League One table with victory over Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Rounding up the manager, player and local press' post-match reaction alike, bwfc.co.uk offers the final word on the match... 



How bwfc.co.uk saw it...
Wanderers picked up their fourth consecutive victory in Sky Bet League One with a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town at Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The deadlock was broken by the visitors just after the half hour mark, with David Ball drilling home on the turn after collecting a loose ball in the Bolton box.

The Whites were level however just five minutes into the second period, with Gary Madine turning the ball home following chaos in the Town box, before Josh Vela drilled home with six minutes of the 90 left – a goal which proved to be the winner come full time.

We played well in patches in the first half but their goal knocked us and we put the ball at risk in some dangerous areas. There was an edginess around the place but that is understandable. 

We showed bravery to go out and play in the second half. You don’t get it all your own way in football and you’ve got to react to situations. The lads were very good in the second half and played a lot more positive in our play. 

Everyone was alive. They made angles for each other and were really positive in possession, which is exactly what we wanted them to do. We needed that calmness. 

Things hadn’t gone all our own way in the first half. You’re not going to play great all the time though, and when you don’t you’ve got to respond which is what we did today.

We couldn’t have wished for a better start, winning four out of four. It was a tough game for us and a real test for us going 1-0 down at home. 

It was new to us, at home, and we had to dig in at times. But despite falling behind, there was still belief in the team that we could get an equaliser and kick on from there.

I warned my players how they would come out in the second-half, to try and beat us up with long balls, and that's what they did, they basically still have their Championship squad.

It is disappointing to not come away with any points, we should have come away with at least one point.

We came to a Bolton team that were flying for the first three games and we came here with nothing to fear, and I think that showed generally

Who knows how long this party will last? But right now the table-topping, record-breaking Wanderers should sit back and enjoy the view.

We are just four games into the League One season and, in truth, Phil Parkinson’s side have yet to really hit their stride. But a 100-per-cent record is testament to the fact this side has guts, which counts for a lot.

With Fleetwood leading 1-0 at the break and Wanderers saving their sloppiest football for the last 10 minutes of the half, those oh-so-familiar grumbles accompanied referee Darren England’s half-time whistle. And at that point we really found out something about this team’s character.

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