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

  • December 31, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson gave huge credit to his Bolton players, after James Henry's stoppage-time goal secured victory over Scunthorpe United.

After Neal Bishop had cancelled out an earlier strike from Josh Vela, the two sides looked set to end in a stalemate until Henry's deflected effort lifted the roof off Macron Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he enjoyed the occasion more than perhaps any other during his brief time at the club and paid tribute to his squad, who proved their fitness and mental attitude by playing until the final whistle.

"It was a feisty old affair at times, which we expected," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"They're a team that have got a nous in their side - they'll draw fouls and get into the referee. I thought we coped well with that in the first half, kept our cool and I was really pleased coming in 1-0 up at the break.

"The first part of the second half wasn't quite as good and we need to look at that. Ben Alnwick's kicking wasn't as good, our balls into Gary Madine weren't as good and that little bit of edge just wasn't quite there.

"Credit to the lads because we came through that period and finished the stronger team. On the touchline I felt there was only one team going to win the game and I do feel the fitness of the lads and the way they've trained since day one, we're really reaping the benefits of that.

"Impact from the bench is something I've been speaking about for a while. James came in and had a lot of chances which didn't go his way, but he's waited for his moment and to score the winner in a game of that magnitude is fantastic for him.

"To make sure you're not the team conceding late, you need that lift of energy from the bench and we got that.

"I really enjoyed being a part of that - it had the feeling of a big game. There was a real crackling atmosphere and the lads were floating back into the dressing room high on adrenaline afterwards - but that's all they'll have in their system tonight!

"It was a great moment when that ball went in the back of the net."

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