Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Win at Crewe

  • August 09, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson had praise for several of his summer signings, after Bolton came from behind to win 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup.

Having fallen behind to Chris Porter's first-half header, Wanderers hit back after the break and secured their passage into round two of the competition as both Adam Armstrong and Derik Osede netted their first goals for the club.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson thought his much-changed side grew as the game went on, whilst also reserving praise for several debutants, as well as academy graduate Jack Earing.

"I thought we got into some good positions in the first-half and the goal knocked us a bit," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We said at half-time that there was a lot of good stuff but we didn't manage the game. We had a bit of inexperience out there, not clearing our lines and we got punished for it.

"But it was a great response in the second-half and I'm pleased to get our season off and running with a win, and get into the hat for the next round.

"Adam Armstrong getting a goal was great for him and showed what he is - the timing of his movement into the box was great. Will Buckley got an assist, but the talking point will be Jack Earing's perfomance.

"I thought it was a very mature performance. He hardly gave a ball away all night, was always available, and Antonee Robinson gave us a real thrust from that left-back position.

"For two lads to come in having not played at this level and play as they did is a big plus for us going forward.

"Crewe played that side on Saturday, had an extra day in recovery so there was always going to be a little more fluency but, as the game went on, we got better and better.

"We need to add to what we had on Sunday. Filipe Morais coming back is big for us, but missing the whole of pre-season is not ideal.

"Mark Little was better than he had been in pre-season - he looked fitter, stronger and is getting up to speed for us - so there's some positives and we'll look at everybody in the morning and pick a team who we feel can do a job for us down at Millwall."

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