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

  • October 31, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was disappointed with Bolton's draw at Sunderland, but reserved praise for their attacking display having scored three times away from home.

Sammy Ameobi, Gary Madine and Karl Henry were all on the scoresheet at the Stadium of Light, but a brace from Lewis Grabban and a strike from Paddy McNair ensured the game ended all-square - bringing an end to Simon Grayson's time in charge of the Black Cats.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson refused to pin too much blame on a slack defensive performance, instead opting to focus on the positive aspect of the display, just weeks after Wanderers ended a run of eight successive games without scoring a goal.

"After the first 10 minutes, I thought we were in control and got the deserved lead," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"To concede right on half-time sent us into the dressing room low and, as always happens, lifts the home team.

"We said all the right things at half-time but you could just feel that flatness in there and they came out with a bit of a spring in their step, then went ahead.

"We showed great character after that to get the quickfire goals and at 3-2 I fancied us to go and score a fourth.

"We've conceded some soft goals tonight and we need to look at that - scoring three goals away from home should be three points.

"Going forward we looked a real threat and that's a massive improvement in terms of where we were a month ago.

"We now have to bounce into the Norwich game at the weekend full of confidence, because some of our play was excellent.

"Earlier in the season when we didn't look like scoring, that can drain confidence out of a side. At the moment, when we break, we look very dangerous and we showed that again."

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