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

  • October 20, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson praised the determination of his Bolton side, after they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

After seeing a Josh Magennis penalty saved with the game goalless, Wanderers fell behind in the 57th minute when a free-kick from Will Vaulks went through a wall and into the bottom corner of Ben Alnwick's net.

The visitors salvaged a point five minutes from time, however, as a lay-off from Clayton Donaldson allowed Christian Doidge to strike home his first goal since arriving from Forest Green Rovers in August.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his frustration at failing to take all three points but admitted to being satisfied with just the one after initially falling behind.

"It was blood and thunder as we expected and was a different type of game to what you usually get in the Sky Bet Championship," Parkinson told

"The way Rotherham play, they put you under pressure and it has reaped dividends like when Derby came here a few weeks ago.

"We had to handle their long balls into the box from throw-ins and set-plays and I thought in the main, we did that well.

"Second half, I thought we started terrifically well, but I thought the penalty was a turning point in the game as you could feel that it gave their crowd a lift and their players a little bit more belief.

"For that period, I felt that we sat back a little bit and paid the price for that with the goal we conceded from a free-kick.

"I felt we responded well though with the subs coming on who did great for us and everyone showed great character to get us back into the game.

"We always want three points, but you should never undervalue one, especially away from home and at a place like Rotherham.

"This is a tough place to come and a lot of teams will find that this season."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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22 Southend United 35 19
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