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1 What Parkinson Thought - Barnsley on Sun Apr 15 2018, 09:23

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Wanderers were denied all three points at the death away at Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Gardner had put the Tykes in front at Oakwell halfway through the first period, only for two quick-fire efforts for Bolton from Adam Le Fondre and Craig Noone to turn the game on its head.

Despite the Whites' best efforts however, Oliver McBurnie snatched an equaliser for the home side deep into stoppage time to ensure that the points were shared in the clash.

Speaking after the final whistle meanwhile, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points...

On the game as a whole...

Football is a rollercoaster and having been 1-0 down at half-time, the courage shown by the lads in the second half was excellent and that bodes well for the last three games.

We really did take the game to them and played with bravery on the ball which was key.

We had many chances to score and how we didn't get the penalty when Yiadom has made a save right in front of his goal, I'll never know - you have to see that decision to believe it.

We finally got our rewards though and I'm delighted for Craig Noone to get his goal which should have won us the game.

I wish we were talking about that goal being a winner though, because to concede so late on has hurt us.

But the pain of that last minute goal isn't something we will talk about in the summer - we'll reflect on the comeback here today and the importance of the point.

On the impact of Will Buckley and Noone following their respective introductions in the game...

Fresh legs, I thought, was key. Burkey had taken a whack in the first half and was struggling, but what pleased me most was that Barnsley looked on their last legs at times, especially towards the end of the game, and we looked full of energy.

Players like Sammy, Nooney, Will and Fil Morais as well, they were still driving down the wings right until the end of the game.

We had other chances to score, but we kept on knocking and eventually it came.

On bouncing back after a number of testing results of late...

It was important that we reversed that run - when you have been down the bottom of the table all season and lose four games on the bounce, that does have a draining effect.

I think that was evident in the first half when we conceded the first goal, and our supporters were obviously getting frustrated with us giving the ball away cheaply and going long too quickly at times.

We didn't set out to do that - sometimes, it's just the pressure of the situation.

What pleased me more than anything today however is the way the lads handled the occasion in the second period.

On the fans' support...

It was a great turnout from our fans today and they really got behind us in that second period because we gave them something to get excited about and encouraged by.

On Alfie's calmness from 12 yards...

Alfie is a confident player and even with the delay leading up to the penalty - something that always concerns you - there aren't many players you would want in that situation other than him.

On the aftermath of the game...

The dressing room was a quiet one afterwards and we had to have a bit of an inquest after the late equaliser.

We threw Dorian on to make us bigger in those situations and ended up giving away a cheap free-kick which I'm not sure was one to begin with in fairness.

We got done by two headers, one in the middle of the goal and one at the back stick.

That one moment has proven costly, but we live to fight another day and we're still in the mix.

I felt like we lost our way a bit after Millwall on Tuesday and had lost a bit of our spirit, but today it was well and truly back with us and we have to maintain that between now and the end of the season.

And finally, on the challenge of Wolves next up...

We have experience in the team and that showed today, but we'll need to give exactly the same next Saturday.





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2 Re: What Parkinson Thought - Barnsley on Sun Apr 15 2018, 10:50

Natasha Whittam

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Excuses and more drivel.

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