Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Win at Sheffield United

  • December 30, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson lavished praise on Gary Madine, who scored the only goal as Bolton secured victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Madine, who was controversially left out of the Wanderers squad for the corresponding fixture last season, netted inside 21 minutes, much to the chagrin of the Blades supporters who had booed his every touch throughout the afternoon.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson had his say on Madine's individual performance, as well as the importance of ending a run which had seen the Trotters wait 38 outings for an away win at Championship level, dating back to April 2015.

"Coming to Bramall Lane, we knew what to expect," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "They've got a real high-energy style of play but I thought we were terrific.

"We stuck to the task - their roles and responsibilities all over the pitch - and the lads who came in gave us a lift.

"We always knew for them to go the full 90 minutes was going to be tough but the substitutes came on at the right time and helped us to see the game through.

"It's an important win for us and we're very pleased. We've got to make sure we don't get too carried away and get ready to make it a terrific festive period with another result on Monday.

"A year is a long time in football. I said to him (Madine) at half-time that it was important his goal was part of a winning performance, and his energy level to see that game through for us was terrific.

"It was a great goal as well. Adam Le Fondre played a great pass to Antonee Robinson. Gaz has got in that six-yard box again where goalscorers get, and that's why he's getting his rewards."

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