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

  • November 17, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was delighted with Bolton's clean sheet against Preston North End, after they took a point despite producing a below-par performance.

Wanderers made it six games unbeaten with the stalemate at Deepdale, moving them to within a point of safety in the battle against Championship relegation.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted his side struggled to overcome a poor start, but thought they grew into the clash in the second period and could even count themselves unfortunate not to have emerged with victory.

"It's a good point for us," Parkinson told Tower FM.

"It was always going to be a dangerous game. I thought we started slowly in the first 20 minutes and they were the first to every ball, but we grew into the game.

"In that period when we weren't playing particularly well, we stood strong defensively and came through it intact.

"They had that little bit more of a competitive edge than us and we spoke about that, but it's a lesson for us to learn.

"On the balance of the game (a draw was a fair result). I thought we played well in the second half. We looked a lot more of a threat going forward.

"We're pleased with the clean sheet because we nearly got one against Norwich and didn't. Everybody knows our perceived success of staying in this division will be based on getting clean sheets like we did last year. We now need to build on that against Reading.

"We're six unbeaten but that win is coming. There's a new-found resilience in the team and, generally, we're pleased.

"We felt we could come here and win but we weren't able to do that, but Preston have got some good players. They're moaning about the injury situation but if you look at their bench, they've got four or five players they've paid a lot of money for.

"We'll take the point. We'd love to have had all three, but the clean sheet is important."

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