In his own words: Phil Parkinson previews Preston North End

Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson is confident his side can extend their unbeaten run when they travel to Preston North End on Friday night.

The Whites are unbeaten from their last five outings and know a victory at Deepdale could see them climb outside of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone if other results go their way.

With confidence high in the Bolton camp after the November international break, the Trotters boss covered the following points when speaking to when previewing the game...

On returning to action after the international break...

We’re really looking forward to the game at Preston.

We’ve enjoyed the break and it was good to go into it off the bottom of the table and with a win against Norwich.

Now we can't wait to return to action on Friday night.

On his side's first derby clash of the season...

There aren’t many derbies for us this year so we’re looking forward to it.

Preston are a similar club to Bolton, they have great tradition and history. It’ll be a cracking atmosphere, we’re taking over 3,000 fans which is terrific.

It’s an opportunity for us to put on a really good show and hopefully get out of the bottom three. Derby games are always special. Under the lights adds to that as well.

It’s been a long build-up and we’ve done everything we can to get the balance right in terms of rest and making sure the training levels have been maintained from where they were prior to the Norwich game.

We go into the game in good spirits. The group of players understand what we have done well of late and what we need to reproduce.

On Friday night's opponents, Preston North End...

Preston are a good side. I saw them at Middlesbrough, the Fulham game, Derby game – teams we were playing that they had just played.  

They’re a good team with some decent players. Their results of late haven’t been good so we’ve got to be ready for a reaction to that.

They’ll start quickly but we’ve got to start quicker. Equally their confidence levels won’t be as a high as they were a month ago and we’ve got to exploit that.

On his side's recent form...

For us, this is only just the start of what we need to achieve.

We’ve got ourselves into a stronger position in between the last two international breaks and now we need to push on again.

That’s a message to all the lads and all the staff. We’re all ready for it, to go again.

We know what we’ve done well as individuals and what we’ve done well as a team. Now we need to take it on another step.

And finally, an injury update ahead of a busy week for Wanderers...

The squad’s looking good. One or two, like Adam Le Fondre, are getting closer.

Filipe Morais has been back in training the last couple of days as well.

We go into another week of three games in eight days so the squad will be utilised to the full and every player has got to be ready for action.

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