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Phil Parkinson: Wanderers new boys are just getting started

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Phil Parkinson reckons there is plenty more to come from his new-look Wanderers despite wasting a chance to extend their lead at the top of the League One table this weekend.

The Whites still lead the way after six games but were left frustrated by Phil Brown’s stubborn Southend United in a stormy afternoon at the Macron.

On-loan Crystal Palace striker Keshi Anderson scored on his debut and both James Henry and second-half sub Sammy Ameobi produced eye-catching displays.

And though Parkinson was disappointed not to have taken maximum points, he feels the instant impact of his new boys bodes well for the future.

“I think the supporters will agree we have got three very exciting attacking players there,” he told The Bolton News.

“We were pleased with all the business we did in the window but that was a typical example of why we need players with craft.

“Keshi, James, Sammy – they have the ability to go past people and create something.

“When teams sit deep against you, as Southend certainly did, then it becomes about football ability and those three have got it.

“I was delighted, especially because we didn’t have much time to work with them – they came in to train on Thursday but I didn’t want to do too much because some had travelled quite a long way the day before.

“It was about an hour on Friday – but they are all intelligent players and they will get better as time goes on.”

Wanderers found themselves behind after just three minutes when Harry Kyprianou volleyed home on his Southend league debut.

But Parkinson was pleased to see his squad had an air of confidence about their ability to get back on level terms, even after a few first-half chances went begging.

“We felt at half time that we had to be patient but not negative,” he said. “We had to find a way into the game but we felt it would come.

“It’s a great feeling to have on the touchline where you feel you have the quality to create something, even if you are behind in a game.”

Wanderers will run checks on Gary Madine this week after the striker limped off with a groin problem in the second half against Southend.

Parkinson was unhappy that his striker had been denied two penalties by referee Seb Stocksbridge.

"It's not bad, just his groin tightened up,” he said. “One of those collisions where he fell awkwardly when he was dragged down in the box as he was about to score, so we'll have to see how he is."


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