Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Draw With Stoke City

  • December 29, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was delighted with the performance of his Bolton side, as they played out a goalless draw with Stoke City at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Wanderers will end 2018 outside of the relegation zone after backing up their Boxing Day victory over Rotherham United with another point, and in doing so registered a first clean sheet since their win over Derby County in September.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson admitted he was happy to have taken a point against a team who were playing Premier League football last season, but believed they would also have been more than worthy winners had that elusive goal arrived.

"I felt we probably deserved all three, as we had a particularly good period in the second half," Parkinson told bwfc.co.uk.

"I said to the lads and the media about those tight 1-0 defeats and turning those into draws and the draws into wins, and we have been able to do that over the last two games.

"I am very pleased with the discipline we showed today. You look at us physically and we looked exceptionally strong.

"There are many players that you can pick out, like Christian Doidge at the top of the pitch was tireless again, winning balls he had no right to win.

"Josh Vela ran himself into the ground and I am pleased he got such an ovation when he was brought off, as he typified what we needed and what we were all about today.

"Across the team though, there were some great performances and another clean sheet is a good thing for us, as we haven't had one for a while.

"We need more of those if we are to stay up."

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