Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw at Fulham

  • October 28, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson couldn't hide his disappointment after a stoppage-time goal denied Bolton a first Championship away win in 32 attempts, dating back to April 2015.

Sammy Ameobi had given Wanderers a 28th-minute lead at Fulham, who equalised in the fourth of six added minutes at the end of the game as Tom Cairney broke free to head home from close range.

Speaking afterwards, Parkinson believed the visitors would have been worthy winners at Craven Cottage and hopes they continue to build on recent performances as they look to move off the bottom of the Championship table at Sunderland on Tuesday.

"I'm hugely disappointed that we haven't got all three points," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We said to the lads at half-time that we had to go and get that second goal and we had a lot of chances to get it.

"We knew we were up against a team that would throw every caution to the wind and throw players forward.

"They've scored late goals recently so we felt we needed a second goal. We had enough chances to get it but, all in all, the performance level was top class and we've just got to take heart from that.

"We're definitely getting better. We're three games unbeaten and the one prior to that - Aston Villa away - nobody at the game would doubt we deserved something from that.

"We've matched a very good team today. We stressed to the lads before the game that we're not going to come, sit back and soak up pressure. We felt we could create chances against them and when we showed that quality in the final third, we looked like we could score.

"Their goalkeeper has made a brilliant save from Adam Armstrong. Sammy has had a couple of efforts and Adam Le Fondre has had a great chance where he's lobbed the 'keeper.

"We probably deserved all three points through sheer effort, commitment and some of the quality, but we'll have to take the point."

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