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Parkinson: Heavy Wolves defeat will not define our season at Wanderers

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Nat Lofthouse
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Wanderers must move on quickly from their Molineux nightmare, says Phil Parkinson.

After suffering the heaviest defeat of his tenure on Saturday, the Whites boss was keen to say his piece at the Lostock training ground yesterday morning before focussing on a run of games he believes will have a more profound impact on the club’s success.

Wanderers host Barnsley this Saturday before a trip to Nottingham Forest on December 9. Before Christmas they also have home games against Burton Albion and Cardiff City.

Pride stung by a comprehensive thrashing in the Black Country, Parkinson knows his side must kick on again after a seven-game unbeaten run was ended in the most abrupt fashion. But he is confident there will be no ‘hangover’ from the 5-1 hammering at the hands of a side which looks to be on course for Premier League football.

“When we play away from home we always talk about staying in the game, being sure we’re strong, making sure we’re disciplined, making good decisions and we went away from that,” he told The Bolton News. “But let’s be honest, I don’t think many teams are going to get much at Wolves, are they?

“Our season won’t be defined by that game, or one result, it will be more by the games coming up. We need to get back to what we were doing well against Barnsley.”

Wanderers are currently bottom of the table with 13 points from 19 games, although the gap to Birmingham City in 21st remains three points.

Their current points return of 0.68 per game is well down on the point-per-game target highlighted by chairman Ken Anderson in mid-October as the average needed to secure a Championship position.

But since making that statement, Wanderers have increased their points total more than any of the other sides in the bottom four.

In the last nine games, the Whites have added 11 points to their tally, followed by Birmingham City (eight), Sunderland (seven) and Burton (five). The trouble is, each of Bolton’s rivals at the foot of the table had between a five and seven-point head start.

“Obviously we don’t want to find ourselves cut adrift,” said Parkinson, when asked if he had a target in mind by January.

“I’d certainly like to be in and around that 21st spot above the bottom three to give us a chance of pushing up the table.”

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Norpig

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John McGinlay
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No it will be defined by games like Reading when we sat back and couldn't hold on to a 2-0 lead

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El Hadji Diouf
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Was thinking exactly that Norpig, he's scraping the bottom of the barrel now, and it will define our season if we're on joint points with 21st and decided by goal difference, the mans a complete idiot and needs to fuck off.

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