Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw at Barnsley

  • April 14, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was upbeat about Bolton's survival chances, despite seeing his side concede a stoppage time goal in a 2-2 draw at Barnsley.

Wanderers, who had won just once in 46 away Championship games prior to kick-off, had come from behind to lead at Oakwell, but the Tykes' last-gasp equaliser means survival is out of the Trotters' hands with just three games left to play.

Speaking after the final whistle, Parkinson admitted he was pleased with his side's recovery after a disappointing opening 45 minutes but rather that being despondent, he hopes to use the draw as a springboard towards survival.

"We got ourselves into a fantastic position with a great second-half display," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We could have scored more. We've had one cleared off the line. We've had a handball - (Andy) Yiadom, the right-back, has made one of the best saves I've seen for a long time - and you've got to see it to believe how we didn't get a penalty.

"We got the other one for a shirt pull in the box. Le Fondre tucked it away well and I'm pleased for Noone. I really wish I was stood here talking about Craig Noone. It was a great finish.

"But it's not to be and we've got to move on and look at this point as an important one in our survival quest.

"We told the lads at half-time that we've got to show courage to play. We really took the game to them and we grew in belief.

"The Barnsley lads were cramping up and we really did run all over in that second period. I thought Will Buckley and Noone came on and gave us a real lift of energy as well.

"After the defeats we've had recently, it was so important that we got something. It would have been great to be talking about all three points but it is a point, and we've got to make sure that it's a point which helps us stay in the division."

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