Midfielder opens Wanderers account in home victory over Millwall
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Tom Thorpe was thrilled to score his first Wanderers goal after coming on as a half-time substitute in their 2-0 win over Millwall on Saturday.
Having made his return from injury against Peterborough United, the midfielder helped the Whites ensure last week's defeat was quickly forgotten as victory over the Lions saw them climb to third in the Sky Bet League One table.
Following the final whistle at Macron Stadium as Bolton wrapped up a fifth successive home victory, Thorpe offered up his thoughts to the club website.
“I’m delighted to score and hopefully I can now get many more," he told bwfc.co.uk. “I feel good. I had a couple of days training before the Peterborough game but it was a difficult game to go into.
"Today I felt sharp coming off the bench and I’m hoping I can push on now.
“From back to front I think everyone did the job. It was a real commanding performance, we were dominant and I felt like we controlled the game how we wanted.
“It was a performance of real confidence and when you go 2-0 up, you have to then stamp your authority on the game.
"At times you think let’s keep going forward and score more goals but on the other side, you think of a clean-sheet and how that’s a great basis to win a game."
Now fully fit after injury, the Rotherham United loanee is hopeful of cementing his place in Phil Parkinson's starting XI as the Trotters continue to forge a promotion challenge.
“I’m really enjoying it here and I’m now hoping I can now do my best for the team and do my best for the Bolton fans," Thorpe said.
“It’s an easy bunch to integrate into. I knew some of the staff from when I was on loan at Bradford so that helped and all the lads have made it easy for me to fit in.
“I think everyone here has to fight for their place and prove their worth. It’s a team that has a lot of quality and versatility, but now I’m hoping to go on a good run and cement a place."