In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Arbroath

Read Phil Parkinson's post-match thoughts after Wanderers made it two wins from two in pre-season after triumphing 2-1 away at Arbroath.

Adam Le Fondre opened the scoring for the Whites from the penalty spot in the first half, only for the hosts to equalise with a spot-kick of their own just a minute later.
Young striker Connor Hall forced an own goal following good play down the left shortly after the restart as Bolton re-took the lead, with the strike proving to be the difference on the night at Gayfield.
And speaking to following the game, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points…

On his side's performance…

It was a good game. We pieced a team together for the first 60 minutes with the young lads and a few senior players and I thought they worked very hard.

It was disappointing to concede a penalty like we did after taking the lead but we’ve come through unscathed.

It’s a good night and a good workout on a decent surface and we enjoyed the game.

On clinching back-to-back wins…

It’s always good to get a win, right back to our first game last year on tour in Denmark.

The boys are in good spirits because they are enjoying where we are staying. The training’s been good and they’ve worked very hard.

The lads who played 60 minutes did that on the back of a very tough day in training yesterday.

It’s important that we stretch them physically and get them ready for the start of the season.

On Adam Le Fondre opening his account for the campaign…

We wanted to give Alfie some extra minutes in his legs. It was a great run from him to get the penalty, the timing of his runs are always excellent.

There is no-one you want more in that situation to take a penalty than Alfie. It’s always good for a striker, whether it’s a penalty or not, to get a goal.

On trialist Haris Tabakovic…

Haris has worked hard. It’s a learning curve for him as he’s come over from Switzerland. He’s getting used to the players and training and has fitted in well.

On Connor Hall's performance…

We’re pleased with Connor. We had him in on trial with David Lee’s Under-23s group.

We made a decision to give him a development contract because he’s gone down to the Conference with Woking and done alright.

He’s young, he’s hungry, he wants to run in behind and he’s shown a great enthusiasm.

He was very unlucky not to score tonight, the keeper’s made a good save against him. And second half he’s in amongst it to create that second goal. 

On handing the club's youngsters another opportunity to impress...

It’s good to have Connor and all the other youngsters with us for a week.

We can learn about them and they can learn about the expectations of playing with senior players and against men.

The lads who have come up through the academy like Jack Earing, Cole Lonsdale, Ryan White and Harry Brockbank have played in Under-23s football.

The physicality against sides like Arborath and Chorley is different. It’s a different type of game and they’re learning that.

The only way you learn it is by playing men’s football. 

An update on injured players Filipe Morais and Derik Osede...

Fil has had a slight problem with his knee since day one. He’s been working hard in the swimming pool.

It’s frustrating for him as he did a lot of work in the off-season to maintain his fitness levels but at the moment he hasn’t trained.

Derik has a tight Achilles tendon. Nothing too serious but at this stage of the season it’s not worth taking a risk with anyone.

On the travelling Wanderers fans...

It’s good to see the Bolton supporters up here in Scotland supporting us tonight.

It’s probably a new experience for a lot of them, coming to Arbroath. It’s another ground that they can tick off, like ourselves. 

And finally, looking ahead to Friday night's friendly clash with Dundee…

Friday will be another step up for us. Dundee are a bigger stature of club than Arbroath.

It will be a good game, they have signed a lot of players and we’re looking forward to it.

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