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

  • December 02, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson believes moving out of the relegation zone will provide Bolton with a psychological boost, after they beat Barnsley 3-1 at Macron Stadium.

A brace from Gary Madine, the second from the penalty spot, coupled with Mark Little's first goal in Wanderers colours, helped the Trotters to a comfortable victory that saw them not only move off the bottom of the Championship table, but up to 21st place in the process.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson thought his players overcame multiple mental battles throughout the afternoon and believes they will continue to improve having lost just once in their last nine outings.

"We showed character in many ways," Parkinson told Tower FM.

"Last time here, we were 2-0 up and drew. Getting beat last week at Wolves, and also scoring a goal and conceding straight away.

"In many aspects we had to stand strong as a team and I'm absolutely delighted with the win.

"It's a huge boost for us. One defeat in nine, unbeaten in five at home, and we're starting to build a bit of momentum.

"It's good to see the table. I've only quickly glanced at it but it's a good feeling to see us out (of the relegation zone). We've just got to keep that belief.

"When we play that positive way with our full-backs driving forward at every opportunity, we look like we can create and score goals.

"We don't intentionally sit back. Sometimes the opposition change things and go more direct - Barnsley went 4-4-2 towards the end of the game. Sometimes tired legs can play a part but I thought the substitutes came on and gave us a lift.

"In a game where Barnsley had so many attacking players on the pitch, they were going to have moments but when they did we handled them well."

Sky Bet Championship Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Barnsley 22 21
21 Sunderland 22 18
22 Burton Albion 22 17
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 16
24 Birmingham City 22 16
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