Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Win Over Grimsby

  • November 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes Bolton showed good signs in their FA Cup tie with Grimsby Town, managing to secure victory without being at their best.

Liam Trotter's 20th-minute header settled a closely-fought encounter at Macron Stadium, as Wanderers booked their place in round two with a seventh successive win for the first time since February 2005.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his delight at a squad lacking key players such as Josh Vela, Jay Spearing, Derik Osede and Gary Madine, saying a will to win is paramount to their current form.

"In the first-half, I thought we had enough chances to come in two or three up and we didn't take them," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"The second-half, we need to give Grimsby credit as they made it a real cup tie.

"I thought we were careless in possession in the final third. We gave the ball away cheaply which meant we had to do more defending than I would have liked. However, the defending was outstanding. The goalkeeper and back four were magnificent.

"I feel with the disruption we've had during the week - with Vela's suspension, Spearing, Osede and Madine - that's a terrific result for us and it keeps our run going.

"We were stretched today in terms of numbers, certainly in midfield, but all-in-all I was pleased with the effort, application and desire to win, although there's other parts we could have done better.

"We said to the lads today that Bolton has a great tradition in the FA Cup and it's very important that we showed the right commitment levels. I thought we did that."

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