Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Win Over Aston Villa

  • March 17, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson praised a faultless Bolton performance, as they moved up to 19th in the Championship with victory over Aston Villa.

Adam Le Fondre scored the only goal at a snowy Macron Stadium as Wanderers went into the international break six points clear of the relegation zone with only eight games left to play.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson felt the conditions weren't as bad as they may have looked on television, whilst also believing his players have enough about them to continue their current form on until the end of the campaign.

"I'm very pleased with the win and the performance," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"It was a difficult game. Villa are riding high and the spotlight was on us in terms of the television cameras, but I thought we handled it very well and in difficult conditions.

"It was a very good team performance, in terms of everyone making a contribution. It's difficult to fault any player.

"(The conditions) probably looked worse from the stands than it actually was because the ball was still moving quickly on the pitch.

"Me and Steve Bruce were talking and a bit worried the game was going to get called off at one point if the snow came down much heavier. With us being 1-0 up, we obviously didn't want that to happen. I thought we adapted well to the conditions and passed the ball well at times.

"Other teams played before us and that always adds a little bit of extra pressure. But it was important we just focused on what we had to do and it takes us into the international break in good spirits.

"We've got a gap (over the relegation zone) but we really don't want to take our eye off the ball - and we won't do that because there's so much hard work gone into getting us into this position.

"It takes character to handle the pressure of being in a relegation scrap - which we're in - but I believe we've got a core of experienced players who are enjoying that."

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