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In quotes: Charlton Athletic v Bolton

29 August 2016

bwfc.co.uk rounds up manger, player and local press post-match reaction following Wanderers' draw against the Addicks

Wanderers extended their unbeaten start to the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One season but were denied by a fifth successive win by a last-minute Charlton Athletic equaliser 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 continued their unbeaten start to the campaign but were unfortunately forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Saturday afternoon.

Following a goalless first half, Gary Madine opened the scoring for Bolton, slotting home from six yards after a superb run from Liam Trotter down the wing.

But just as it seemed as though the three points were Bolton’s though, the Addicks snatched a point at the death through Ademola Lookman.

We’ll take the point today. They’re a good side and of course we wanted all three, but a point away from home is not the worst scenario.

They had to make substitutions really because we didn’t allow them to get a foothold in the game and we restricted them to not a great deal of opportunities really.

Unfortunately, in the end, it’s just a shot from distance that’s gone in.

It’s a good strike from the lad and I’m sure that we’ll look at it on the way back and say we could have done better to restrict it, but it was a good effort to get them back in the game.

I was pleased again with the effort of the lads though – they gave us everything. We are still sat at the top of the league so it’s a great effort by the lads.

How Jay Spearing saw it...
We’ve come to a hard place and got a well-earned point. We fought well and got ourselves ahead in a tough game.

In the first half both teams were quiet even resulting good work-rate, good passing and good play.

In the second half we came out flying. We were unlucky to pick an injury with Sparky but we got ourselves ahead.

Sadly we weren’t able to keep the lead and we’re disappointed with the goal, but we’re still unbeaten in the league and need to keep this run going. 

We’ve played against a team today that are not only in terrific form and top of the table, but eight or nine of them played together last year whereas that is not the case with us. 

Our attitude, our effort, and our desire to get back in the game and respond was terrific. Just as we looked like we might be running out of ideas, we pop up with a fantastic goal.

Coming into the game, we knew that Bolton were in good form. They’re a big, tough, physical team – a lot bigger than us. 

The gaffer gave us a game plan to try and not give too many silly fouls away and, if we did, then to stand up like men and defend the set-pieces. For the large part, we did that. 

Wanderers have to keep a stiff upper lip after a terrific start but make no mistake, the next few days could shape their season.

This performance had all the hallmarks of the four before it – guts, grit and organisation – but was tainted by Ademola Lookman’s late equaliser.

Of more consequence to the club than the end of a 100 per cent run was the loss of Mark Davies to a season-ending knee injury.

Davies left the pitch on a stretcher with hands covering his tears. As if his personal pain was not enough, it quickly dawned on manager Phil Parkinson what ramifications his early exit may have on his recruitment plans over the coming days.

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