Bolton ‘full of confidence’ for Canaries clash after stretching unbeaten run with draw at Sunderland
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They may still be rooted to the foot of the Championship table but confidence is growing at Bolton Wanderers ahead of Saturday’s clash with Norwich City.
The Trotters were denied a win at Sunderland on Tuesday night when the hosts hit back late on to earn a 3-3 draw – which still wasn’t enough to keep Simon Grayson in his job, the Black Cats’ boss being sacked at full-time.
However for newly-promoted Bolton it was still a good result, building on a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday – their first league victory of the season – and 1-1 draws with QPR and Fulham.
Manager Phil Parkinson is now looking forward to the visit of the Canaries to the Macron Stadium with the confidence of a four-game unbeaten run to build on.
“We go four games unbeaten going in to this home game on Saturday and we have to go into it bouncing full of confidence and make sure we go into the international break with the right result,” Parkinson said.
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“We’ve had a very consistent selection of late and it gets us into that rhythm.
“Andrew Taylor has had to miss out tonight and Antonee Robinson has come in and done well. Filipe Morais and Adam Le Fondre have slight injuries problems so we will have to reassess the squad, but hopefully we will be able to get them ready and have a full squad for Saturday’s game.”
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Goals from Sammy Ameobi, Gary Madine and Karl Henry earned Wanderers their draw at the Stadium of Light, with Paddy McNair hitting back for Sunderland to make it 3-3 in the 79th minute.
“We’re disappointed not to get all three points after scoring three goals away from home,” Parkinson told his club’s website. “I thought first half we were excellent and deservedly went ahead. The goal before half-time has sent us into the dressing room flat just before the break and you can tell it really lifted them.
“They probably started the second period better than us, but we showed some great character to get ourselves back into it and go 3-2 up.
“To then concede and only get a point is really frustrating for us but I felt we looked a threat going forward all night, all our attacking players are playing with confidence and that’s great to see.”