Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Win at AFC Wimbledon

  • August 13, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has revealed a team meeting, allowing players to express their opinions, may have contributed towards Bolton's win at AFC Wimbledon.

After falling behind to Andy Bircham's 16th-minute opener at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, Wanderers came back to secure a first away win since April 2015 through goals either side of the break from Gary Madine and Liam Trotter.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his delight at the performance of his players and believes they must now take a win-at-all-costs attitude into further matches on the road.

"I thought it was an excellent performance after a difficult start," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I just said to the lads that at this level there are going to be games like this where the pitch is a bit thick, tight and teams will play a certain way. You've got to deal with it and not come off at the end saying the pitch was this or their style was a bit direct.

"You've got to do what it takes to win the game and I felt we did that today.

"We had a meeting in the hotel last night and went through the requirements we felt were needed. We asked the lads what they felt was needed to win away from home, and one thing was no excuses. Everybody needs to stand together and be counted.

"That win for the club has been a long time coming and you could see the relief of tension when the whistle went from all our supporters.

"Since I came in, the character of the lads has been excellent and it was today. It was a difficult game - we've come to a party atmosphere - AFC Wimbledon's first (home) game at this level - and you could see an expectancy was in the air.

"We started off poorly, against the wind. We didn't clear our lines in that first 10-15 minutes and that was the only period of the game I was disappointed about. After that I thought we got more control in the game.

"There's things we've got to get better at. Organisation at times was a little bit slack today, so we need to go through a couple of things that cost us in that opening period."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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