Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw With Bradford

  • September 24, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson thought Bolton's depleted squad gave their all, as they played out a goalless draw with Bradford City.

As he faced his former club for the first time at Macron Stadium, Parkinson named a squad that included an ill Josh Vela and injured Liam Trotter, while Zach Clough, who himself has been sidelined in recent times, came through a late fitness test to take up a place amongst the substitutes.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his delight with the determination of his players and admitted baby steps are being taken into putting the pride back into wearing the Wanderers shirt.

"It was a hard-fought game," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "It was always going to be nip and tuck.

"There was a lot at stake because both teams have been up there and with the Bradford fans coming over, after myself and the rest of the staff being there, there was always going to be an edge to it.

"There wasn't much given away in both sides. It was two hard-working, determined teams and while you always want to win, we'll take the clean sheet and build on that point.

"The fans lifted some of the Bradford players, which they were always going to get. We had it many times and I look forward to when we go to Valley Parade and we take 4,000-5,000 fans and will have the same effect.

"It was a hard-fought game and we had a few things - Vela having a virus and Trotter missing training during the week - we probably ran out of steam a bit in the second half.

"The determination of the lads, the way they stuck at it and gave everything was great to see.

"Zach had a problem during the week with his glute, which for those who don't know is the muscle in his backside, and there was a concern about that so he had a fitness test and we put him on the bench.

"We're lacking options. We've got Keshi Anderson, Gary Madine and Max Clayton out, and we desperately need those players back fit.

"Somebody just said to me that last year when teams brought big away followings, it inspired the opposition to win or score a late goal. That was important today that we stood strong.

"We're still building things gradually. We're trying to put the pride back into wearing the Bolton shirt and I felt that was there today."

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