In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Stoke City

Bolton Wanderers were held to a 0-0 draw by Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship at the University of Bolton Stadium.

When speaking to, manager Phil Parkinson covered these topics…

On his immediate reaction to the game…

I was very pleased, as it was a difficult game but we backed up the win against Rotherham with at least a point today.

I felt we probably deserved all three, as we had a particularly good period in the second half.

Concentration levels at the back were spot on.

I said to the lads and the media about those tight 1-0 defeats and turning those into draws and the draws into wins, and we have been able to do that over the last two games.

I am very pleased with the discipline we showed today.

We go into the game on Tuesday in good spirits.

On deserving more than a point today potentially…

You look at us physically and we looked exceptionally strong today.

There are many players that you can pick out, like Doidgey at the top of the pitch was tireless again, winning balls he had no right to win.

Josh Vela ran himself into the ground and I am pleased he got such an ovation when he was brought off, as he typified what we needed and what we were all about today.

Across the team though, there were some great performances and another clean sheet is a good thing for us, as we haven’t had one for a while.

We need more of those if we are to stay up.

On taking four points from the last six when looking at the fixtures prior…

Yeah without a doubt.

The Rotherham game was a mentally and physically demanding game and we have come into today’s game and the lads have prepared properly.

They backed up that performance today and it is important that we do the same again for Hull.

Unfortunately for players and staff, it is eyes down and concentrating again.

The lads have got tomorrow off but in on Monday and concentrating on what we have to do and putting the same manner of display again.

On sending the fans into 2019 with a positive performance…

I thought the supporters today were good because it was 0-0 and not exactly a high scoring game, but I think they identified with what they were seeing out on the pitch.

They saw the effort, concentration levels, discipline and good phases of play, which they responded well to and got right behind the side.

 That is very important and we hope that many fans can come over to Hull on Tuesday and get behind us.

We know it is an expensive time but the more fans we can get there, the bigger the lift it will give the lads I am sure.

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