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

  • January 07, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes Bolton showed enough against Crystal Palace to prove the future is bright at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers, who went into the game occupying 3rd place in League One, matched their Premier League opposition in every department and came within a whisker of securing victory in their FA Cup third round clash after a Josh Vela header crashed back off the post in the second half.

Speaking after the tie, Parkinson said his players could take confidence from the result, as well as expressing his delight at how his developing squad coped with the threat of a top-flight outfit.

"We said we wanted to test ourselves to see where we were and how the team was progressing," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "I thought it was a good benchmark and the lads played really well.

"There's a lot of talent in their side and a lot coming off the bench as well. We coped really well with it and looked really dangerous at times.

"I'm pleased. We didn't want to draw, we wanted to win, but we'll have to go down there and give a good account of ourselves again.

"They surprised us by playing a diamond in the first half so we got outnumbered in midfield, but we soon got to grips with it and switched the play well, with our full backs and wide players getting into some dangerous positions.

"When you've played against Premier League opposition and played as well as we did, we'll take great heart from that. It's another confidence builder for the team and individuals within the side.

"I was so pleased with the energy levels. Nick Allamby (Head of Sports Science) looks at how we compare physically against top teams and I think we've come out looking good.

"That gives the lads confidence themselves that they can come up against the power and pace of the Premier League.

"When you play higher league opposition it's all about the detail, your positions without the ball and making sure everything is spot on in terms of concentration levels. I thought we did that well and it bodes well for the future."

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