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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Peterborough United

28 July 2018

Two first-half goals ensured that Wanderers finished their pre-season campaign on a high with a 2-0 win away at Peterborough United.

Adam Le Fondre drew first blood with a well-taken strike, before Sammy Ameobi earned applause from everyone inside the ABAX Stadium with a wonderful 30-yard effort.

And speaking after the final whistle, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points…

On ending pre-season with victory…

It was a very good game for us today. We knew, given that we didn’t have a home game during pre-season, that when the opportunity arose for us to play Peterborough United, it would be a good game for us for a number of reasons.

Steve Evans’ teams are always extremely competitive and always play to win. They had a real intensity about them and it really was like the start of the season at the beginning of the game.

We did well though and managed to come through with two great goals in the first half, although we did dig in when we had to in the second period and showed some good qualities.

It was a good workout for us though and takes us into what will hopefully be a busy week in terms of bringing new players in and as we look to enter the new season in good spirits.

On the resolute performance from his players…

I think what you saw today was how good we can break on the counter attack – we looked a very dangerous team.

We played with pace and with a great quality of pass which was shown in Yanic’s ball for Alfie’s goal which was excellent.

The move was similar to Alfie’s goal against Halifax a few weeks ago and it is pleasing to see us look so threatening.

On Sammy Ameobi’s well-taken strike…

We’re very pleased with his goal. Productivity from our wide players is important and Yanic has got an assist, while Sammy’s got his second goal of pre-season.

It was a superb goal and shows what he is capable of.

On the team’s togetherness…

Even towards the end of the game when their set-plays were coming into our box, the lads still defended resolutely – they were still willing to put their bodies on the line, even in a pre-season fixture.

That’s what we’re all about and it is what it takes to win games of football when it matters most.

I thought we did that well today though and dealt well with everything that Peterborough threw at us.

And finally, on our season opener away at West Brom next weekend…

It has soon come around and although we have got work to do in terms of the term and adding to the ranks this week, we’re ultimately working towards that first game next weekend.

I’ve been pleased with the lads we’ve brought in however – they’ve settled in really well and hopefully we can add to that this week.


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