Parkinson: Championship Survival Better than Promotion

  • May 07, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson says keeping Bolton in the Championship was a better feeling than last season's promotion, but admits the club need to continue rebuilding if they are to compete going forward.

Adam Le Fondre, David Wheater and Aaron Wilbraham were on target as Wanderers secured their status in the second tier with a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, a game which they had trailed 2-1 with just four minutes of normal time left to play.

Last week, Trotters chairman Ken Anderson expressed an opinion in which he said survival would eclipse the achievements of League One promotion, and Parkinson echoed those views.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, he said: "It's been tough but when it really mattered most, we've produced a performance to keep us in the division.

"This feels better (than promotion). Everybody knows the magnitude of what we've competed against this season. It has been really tough.

"When you're losing and we've been down near the bottom the whole time, which we have been, it's tough to keep the morale right at the training ground but the players have trained very well.

"There's been very rare occasions when the standards have slipped. We know we come up against teams at times with better quality but we've dug deep. We're disappointed with the run leading up to this game but sometimes you've got to produce when the pressure is on and we did that.

"We've got to use this to build the club again. This squad needs investment - I think everybody knows that.

"It's a great club. There's a fantastic infrastructure and the supporters have shown they can come out in their numbers and get behind the team. It's a fantastic platform to go forward.

"Now we've got to have a summer where we build the club, get better quality all through the team and use this as a platform to move forward."

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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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