Post-Match: Parkin on Bolton's Win Over Cardiff City

  • December 23, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Steve Parkin has described Bolton's win over Cardiff City as the 'performance of the season' and challenged the players to build on it by picking up points away from home.

Wanderers began their festive schedule with a 2-0 victory over the Bluebirds at Macron Stadium, ensuring they avoided the unwanted statistic of being bottom of the league table on Christmas Day.

With back-to-back away games against Middlesbrough and Sheffield United to close out 2017, Parkin expressed his delight at the three points but also set out a challenge to the Wanderers players ahead of a difficult double header.

"It's a belter," Parkin told BBC Radio Manchester. "Without getting too carried away, it's a win off the back of a poor result last week.

"It's a win against a very good side. We all know Neil (Warnock) sets his teams up to be threatening and score goals, so not only to win but to keep a clean sheet against a team that usually scores is a big day for us.

"The big thing was about matching everything Cardiff have thrown at every team this season, which has been being bold and big at set-plays. We had to be committed in both boxes, which we did.

"We knew the game might not be a great spectacle in terms of how much football was played - in the first-half that was the case - and I thought we showed quality in the second-half to get the opportunities that we got.

"It's a well deserved victory. Every man stood up and was counted.

"There was a natural disappointment last week. That's no disrespect to Burton, but we know we didn't play as well as we could.

"Today was possibly the performance of the season so far in terms of being committed against a very good team.

"We all realise, with the exception of the start of the season and maybe the Burton game, we've been a handful at home and we look like we can pick up points.

"We now have to start picking points up on the road. If we can start with a point as a building block, that would be great, and if we could get three that would be even better, but the pressure on us now is to make sure we perform and pick points up along the way.

"We're getting lots of plaudits for the way we play but at the end of the day we come home with nothing, and that can't happen."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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