Parkinson Pleads for Wilbraham Support

  • March 12, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has pleaded with Bolton supporters to back under-fire forward Aaron Wilbraham, after he scored his first goal for the club in Saturday's draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Wilbraham, who joined Wanderers on a free transfer from Bristol City last August, netted a stoppage time equaliser at Hillsborough and, in doing so, became the second-oldest goalscorer in club history - aged 38 years and 140 days - second only to Ted Vizard (39 years and 328 days).

Speaking in the immediate aftermath of that goal, Parkinson expressed his frustration at fans' criticism of the veteran forward and insisted the sale of Gary Madine, combined with an importance to rotate players at this late stage of the season, will see Wilbraham receive more opportunities over the coming weeks.

"It frustrates me that he's gotten a bit of criticism along the way because he's hardly had any game time," Parkinson told

"He's played against Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday in the cup and we won both games and he's been a tremendous role model around the training ground for our younger players too, none more so than Gary Madine.

"What we said to Alby when he came in was that we had a very good player in Gaz and we wanted him to help him learn his trade and how to conduct himself as a professional player, and he did exactly that.

"We sold Gary for a lot of money, but I want the fans to get behind Alby because he will play his part in this final run-in."

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