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In quotes: Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

1 August 2016 rounds up manger, player and local press post-match reaction after Wanderers' draw with North End

Wanderers fought out a 0-0 draw with Preston North End in their final pre-season outing for this week's Sky Bet League One opener against Sheffield United. Rounding up the managers, players and local press' post-match reaction alike, offers the final word on Saturday's match...

How saw it...
Wanderers brought the curtain down on their pre-season exploits with a goalless draw against Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

In a game of few chances, Darren Pratley did have the ball in the net on twice for the Whites, only to be denied by the offside flag on both occasions.

Despite the best efforts of both sides however, the match finished all square at the final whistle.

How Phil Parkinson saw it...
We’re pleased with the result. Preston are a good side and had an excellent first year in the Championship last season. 

It was a tough game for us. The array of talent they had on the bench shows the strength of their squad, but we coped well with that and the lads can take a lot of positives from it. 

I was pleased with a lot of aspects of our play. We were very disciplined and committed to the way we went about the job today. 

It’s the last work-out before we go into the season and generally I’m pleased with how we have performed.

How Josh Vela saw it...
Against Preston, I thought we did quite well – we kept compact, disciplined and in the second half I thought we were the better team. 

We definitely had the better chances and we could have gone on to win the game, but it’s another positive as we look towards the opening game next weekend against Sheffield United.

How Simon Grayson...
I didn't realise they were going to play a similar system as well so we cancelled each other out so to speak but I thought we had the better chances.

How Anders Lindegaard...
As a goalkeeper, you don't want anything to do and if that's the case it means the defenders are doing well. 

How the Bolton News saw it...
This was a pre-season friendly and the flurry of second-half substitutions did affect the flow of the game – but Simon Grayson’s side never came close to winning it.

Ex-Wanderer Jermaine Beckford did turn a decent opportunity over the bar, much to the sparse home crowd’s delight. Otherwise, the Lilywhites were as organised as you’d expect but not particularly superior.

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