Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw at Coventry City

  • January 02, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson hailed the courage of Max Clayton, who came off the bench to score in stoppage time as Bolton drew 2-2 at Coventry City.

Clayton, who hadn't made a league appearance since injuring his hamstring in November 2015, slotted home a late equaliser at the Ricoh Arena, securing a point after fellow substitute Zach Clough had earlier netted from the penalty spot.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he was pleased with Bolton's points return over the festive period and paid tribute to Clayton, who he believes can now push on following a nightmare spell on the sidelines.

"Seven points over the Christmas period is a good return for us," Parkinson told Tower FM.

"Coventry, with a new manager and three new signings in the team, were always going to be an invigorated side.

"It was a difficult game played on a poor pitch. I don't think we coped well that in the first half - we didn't show enough quality on the ball. The effort was there and I'm pleased that, in the second half, we've turned a 1-0 scoreline round away from home because we've had a few situations where we haven't got back in games.

"There was more urgency about us today. You could see the lads had listened to what we'd spoken about since the Chesterfield game. In fairness to the players, we're not a team that is used to being behind that much, so we had a couple of training sessions over Christmas about what to do when behind and looking at ways to chase games. That paid off today.

"It's nice when you can bring two players (Clough and Clayton) of that quality in off the bench.

"The reception Max got when he came on was terrific. He's got courage in and around the box to take opportunities. His movement is good and he can sniff out chances. I'm so pleased for him because he's thoroughly deserved that goal.

"It's a real positive in terms of Max coming off the bench and scoring. It's a positive that we've got back into a game because that could have been turned into a little bit of a negative if we hadn't done that again today.

"We wanted all three points but we've ground out a draw and that could be very important come the end of the season."

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