Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Win Over Rotherham

  • December 26, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was delighted with Bolton's desire, as they beat fellow strugglers Rotherham United on Boxing Day.

Goals in each half from Sammy Ameobi and Gary O'Neil saw Wanderers end a 13-game winless run with a 2-1 victory at the University of Bolton Stadium, while Will Vaulks had earlier brought the Millers level at 1-1.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson expressed his relief at bringing the Trotters' poor run to a close and admitted nobody deserved it more than the supporters at Christmas time.

"I am so pleased to get the three points in a hard fought game, and we knew it was going to be," Parkinson told

"There was a lot at stake, with two teams in and around that bottom six and we had to dig deep.

"Rotherham are a difficult team to play against, but it is a very important win for us. It has given us all a huge lift.

"With the recent run we have had, obviously there was a bit of added importance. All I will say is that the players and staff never let their heads drop during this run.

"It is difficult when you are not getting these results and the performances probably merited better, but we haven't felt sorry for ourselves.

"We have had to dig deep and when four of our players throw themselves at the ball to block that shot late on in the game, that was as good as a goal for me in terms of commitment.

"That is the desire we need when it is nip and tuck down there.

"I am very pleased for all connected with the club, but especially the supporters as they have come in today and got right behind us when we needed it.

"It is pleasing to give them some Christmas cheer."

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23 Bolton Wanderers 43 32
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