Post-Match: Parky on Bolton's Draw With AFC Wimbledon

  • March 04, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes Bolton are starting to improve, despite being held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Wimbledon at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers went ahead when Gary Madine headed home the opener inside 15 minutes, but the Dons fought back to claim a point as Tom Elliott found a way past the returning Ben Alnwick shortly before the break.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson thought Bolton were punished for switching off prior to Elliott's equaliser, but insists his team is improving after a topsy-turvy few weeks with injuries and suspensions.

"I thought we started the game really well and I just felt, the last 15 minutes of the first-half, we stopped doing our jobs all over the pitch," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We stopped winning second balls in midfield, we stopped getting tight to their players and we let them dictate for a period. Subsequently, the goal came.

"But second-half, compared to how we played Tuesday, we were miles better. We've had some good chances - Filipe Morais and James Henry have both had good chances - but you've got to hit the target to score.

"We know Tuesday was a very disjointed performance and from there to today, that was a lot better. We're obviously frustrated we didn't win but apart from the 15-20 minutes before half-time, I've got to take more heart from it than the way I felt on Tuesday.

"Teams like Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon are playing with more freeness as they are in the middle of the table, but I just think with chopping and changing through injuries and suspensions we're trying to find our rhythm again.

"There were signs today that we looked more like a team than we have done in the last couple of weeks.

"The pressure is on. The games are tight and we've just said to the lads that the Gillingham and Walsall games don't happen often. It's tight dividing lines which separate games in English football and you've got to be prepared to push yourself to get those results."

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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