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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Shrewsbury Town

26 December 2016

Wanderers' manager offers up his thoughts following his side's victory over the Shrews at Macron Stadium

Two first-half goals from defender David Wheater was enough to give the Trotters all three points in a tough contest against Shrewsbury Town at Macron Stadium.

The visitors pulled a goal back late in the second-half, but Wanderers dug deep to earn a crucial 2-1 victory.

And speaking following the game, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points…

On today’s hard-fought victory…
Every game is difficult in this league. I thought in the first-half we had control of the game and got two good set-play goals. 

Second half, we spoke about killing the game off but we switched off a couple of times and let them back into it. 

We made it an edgy finish when it shouldn’t have been, but it was important after last week’s defeat to get back to winning ways.

On the performance of David Wheater…
Over the course of the season he’s had a lot of opportunities where he’s been unlucky with goal-line clearances, disallowed goals etc, so it’s really good to see him get his reward. 

Over the course of the season you need everybody to chip in with goals and I’m glad David has been able to do that today.

On the club’s home support…
Holiday fixtures are great and ones I really love being involved in. We wish we had won the game in a bit more style like we did against Gillingham to really please our fans, but it was a blustery, cold day and it was great to see that many of them here.

On the importance of momentum during the festive period…
We’ve got really good momentum if you look at our recent run of results - obviously taking that one defeat away last week we’re in good form. 

You have to win all types of games - you have to have the ability to scrap out results and in those difficult games where you’re maybe not at your best, you need to make sure you get the three points.

And finally, looking ahead to Saturday’s game against league leaders Scunthorpe United…
It couldn’t really be set up any better for the final game of the year - a game that involves two of the top teams in the division should be a real spectacle. 

Hopefully we can finish this year off well and take us into the New Year in good spirits.

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