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In his own words: Manager Phil Parkinson post-Wigan

1 December 2018

Bolton Wanderers were held to a draw against Wigan Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Will Buckley's superb finish gave Phil Parkinson's side an early lead. 

However, a contentious Will Grigg penalty brought The Latics level in the first half.

When speaking to bwfc.co.uk after the game, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following topics…

His assessment of the game…

“At the start of the game, up to Wigan's goal, I thought we played really well. Their penalty was a contentious decision to say the very least.''

''That kind of knocked us a little bit. I felt for that period after the penalty we just dipped and went a bit negative and went backwards with the ball.''

''We dug deep again and got the point. We would have loved it to have been all three and we were very unlucky not to get a penalty ourselves.''

''The supporters will think we've said that for the last three weeks, but if you look at the incident the player has got his arm in unnatrual position and blocked the cross-shot; I thought the rule was that if your arms were in that position, then it was a penalty.''

''But the lads have rolled their sleeves up and given absolutely everything. If we keep working hard for each other and keep plugging away, things will turn for us in terms of turning points into three.''

On the positives from the performance and result...

“In the last three games, we've been quite pleased how we've played. Against Sheffield Wednesday we felt we should have got a point and today, we take the point.''

''We've been a bit unlucky not to turn the draws into all three points. The lads need to keep working hard for each other and believe, whilst showing the moments of quality that we did for the goal today.''

''I felt we looked more threatening than we have for a while at home, with Sammy (Ameobi) in behind Doidgey and the two wide players causing problems.''

On a game that could have gone either way…

''I felt that Wigan looked dangerous on the break; a couple of times we had set-plays and then (Josh) Windass took them forward on the counter-attack.''

''You've always got to be careful you don't leave the back door open, get hit on the break and end up losing the game. I thought there was a period where they did well on the break.''

''The subs came on and tried to give us a lift, but unfortunately we couldn't find that moment to win us the game.''

On a Bolton penalty appeal turned down…

“The referee must know that the penalty was a contentious one, and then when you see one which is probably 60-40 for us, you think that might have swung the balance and given us a penalty.''

''It wasn't to be, but we've got to keep going and like I said we've had a tough week, but the lads have shown great resilience.''

'They're a good group of lads with a lot of honesty, and I thought the crowd was terrific in getting behind the team, but they saw a team that were wearing the shirt with pride.''

''Of course, they want more, I want more and so do the players, but they'll be driving away tonight knowing they've seen a very honest performance from a Bolton Wanderers team.''

On preparing for Norwich away…

“We went there last season and got a draw. It's a tough place to go, but anyone can beat anyone in this league.''

''They've got some decent players, we know that, and they've had a good win today. It'd been proven many times that teams can beat anyone in the Championship, and we've got to be one of those sides next weekend.''


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