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

  • November 22, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson praised Bolton's ability to win ugly, after they beat Coventry City in spite of a tepid second-half performance.

Zach Clough scored the only goal at Macron Stadium, as Wanderers picked up all three points to remain level with 2nd-placed Sheffield United in the battle for automatic promotion to the Championship.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he was delighted with his team's display in the opening 45 minutes, but acknowledged his players struggled to overcome a slow start to the second period and were perhaps fortunate to leave victorious.

"I thought we were excellent in the first-half and played some fantastic football," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We started the second-half slowly, didn't come out of the blocks and were a little sloppy in our play. Sometimes when you start like that it's difficult to get it going.

"We probably still had the best chances, with Sammy Ameobi's shot and Zach Clough hitting the inside of the post, but it's a lesson learnt from us that you can't start slowly.

"Our mentality wasn't quite right as the whistle went for the start of the second period, but it's a fantastic win for us and when you don't play great you've got to roll your sleeves up. We certainly did that.

"I don't think anyone can deny that since I've come into the club, the spirit and determination to get the win was there. There are things we need to learn from but the determination to win, you can't fault that.

"We're on a terrific run and I'm very pleased with the spirit that has been shown by the players."

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