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

  • March 18, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson gave credit to the Bolton supporters, who stuck with their side as they came from a goal down to beat Northampton Town.

Trailing to a 57th minute opener from Michael Smith, Wanderers turned the game around to pick up a third consecutive victory courtesy of an Adam Le Fondre penalty and Filipe Morais' first goal for the club.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his delight at being able to complete the comeback, whilst also giving a special mention to the home fans, whose appeals, he felt, went a long way towards the award of Le Fondre's penalty.

"You had to accept Northampton weren't going to come here and lie down," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"They've been on a good run and with our two away victories they knew they had to be at their best.

"We conceded the goal and the frustrating part of that was we'd said to the lads, yesterday and today, don't give cheap free-kicks away with Matty Taylor because his delivery is the best in the division.

"We gave a couple away down in the corner and then Dorian Dervite has given a foul away. But, equally, when the free-kick has come in, the lad has just pushed Darren Pratley to the ground and finished it. How the linesman hasn't seen that, I just don't know.

"I've just watched it again and he's just pushed Daz in the back - it's a free-kick.

"The response was great from us and when Adam Le Fondre is clean through and just misses, you wonder whether it's going to be our day.

"I thought the crowd helped us get that penalty. They were appealing for everything.

"We've had so many moments where we could have had penalties this season and not got them, but we got our rewards in the end.

"We've spoke about it all season - the spirit of the team and the never-say-die attitude that you've got to show.

"Every game is tight, as the supporters have heard me say many times. Often determination can win the day and I thought the way we drove on to get back in the game was an absolute credit.

"There was some tight legs out there but it's the team that's prepared to push themselves to the wire that wins those types of games."

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