Phil Parkinson - We need fire in the belly and ice in our veins

Phil Parkinson says his players need ‘fire in the belly and ice running through the veins’ for Saturday’s key Sky Bet Championship clash away at Barnsley.

Wanderers will be seeking a return to winning ways at Oakwell following a recent rough patch of form.

Knowing a victory on Saturday would see the Whites move five points clear of the second tier bottom three, the Bolton manager has backed his side to perform ahead of the Trotters' trip to Oakwell.

“We’ve got to concentrate on the process of what we need to do to get a result,” Parkinson told

“I feel in the last few games, the focus has been too much on the outcome which has detracted from us putting in a consistent level of performance across the 90 minutes.

“We need to implement what we’ve set out in training and implement it well to give us the best chance of winning.

“It’s a fresh game, a one-off game and we all realise the importance of the occasion. There’s going to be a cup tie atmosphere. We need to be ready to play with real passion and commitment, but with a cool head as well.

“As the old saying goes, ‘fire in the belly and ice running through the veins’. That’s what it’s got to be like for us out on the pitch.”

He continued: “If you would have said to me at the start of the season that with four games to go, our fate would be in our own hands, then I’d have been delighted.

“If you would have said the same after 11 games with two points to our name, then of course I’d have taken it.

“When you’re down at the bottom end of the table, setbacks are going to happen.

“We’ve had a particularly tough time of late but we need to move on quickly - we can’t go into the final games worrying about recent results.”

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