Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw at Norwich City

  • February 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has set his sights on climbing the Championship table, after leaving Norwich City with a goalless draw.

After three consecutive defeats without scoring on the road, Wanderers salvaged an unlikely point at Carrow Road as they maintained their four point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted a sense of realism is required due to the Trotters' current league position, but sees no reason why they can't close the gap on teams above them rather than looking over their shoulders.

"The Sunderland game was always going to be the big one and there was a lot of effort put into that, both physically and mentally," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "That's why today was a test for us.

"The lads understood the importance of getting something on our travels.

"We were unlucky at QPR with Mark Little getting sent off, but today we've got something because we deserved it.

"This division, if you read managers' comments from around the country, everyone keeps saying relentless and it is. In English football, every point you get is so hard-earned and that's why you need character out on the pitch. I'm seeing a lot of that at the moment.

"To be fair to Norwich, in the first-half they kept the ball but a lot of it was in their own half.

"They've spent a lot of money to build this team but we've taken four points off them and I think that's an enormous tribute to all the lads.

"I've said all along that we've got to start targeting the teams above us and that's not being over-confident. Of course, you're always looking below you as well but we've got teams we've got to drag back to us. The bigger we can make this league, the better it is for us."

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