Parkinson Hails Bolton Resilience After Poor Start

  • April 01, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson says last summer's transfer window was the most difficult of his career, but Bolton's resilience and desire to succeed has enabled them to compete.

With seven games of the Championship season to go, Wanderers have survival in their own hands - a drastic change from last September when the club were rooted at the foot of the division, having picked up just two points from their opening 11 league games.

The Trotters boss admits attracting the required quality of player whilst under a transfer embargo was tough work following promotion from League One, but the professionalism and sheer willingness to retain their status in the second tier makes up for an obvious lack of financial power.

"Last summer was the toughest I've had because we're competing in a division where teams are spending millions of pounds and paying £40,000 a week," Parkinson told talkSPORT.

"To be in the situation we were in, with the embargo, made it so difficult to get the quality in to enable us to compete.

"But the chairman understood the situation. We stuck together and the staff who worked with me were great. When we had those tough times at the start, it just made us more resilient.

"If we can get to the summer with our Championship status, we'll be absolutely delighted.

"When I came in two years ago and the club had been relegated, I felt the players who remained had pulled together with the adversity of what had happened. I felt the group wanted to put that right and we've built on that as we've gone along.

"We haven't got the money other teams have. We understand that, but we've got to make up for it in other areas and one can be the professionalism of players in training.

"We can't afford to have four or five players out of the team who will bring down the standards.

"In fairness to lads like Adam Le Fondre, Jem Karacan, Craig Noone and Aaron Wilbraham, those senior players have driven the standards in training. That has helped us a lot."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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