PRAISE has poured down on Wanderers after four-goal hauls at Fleetwood and Gillingham but Phil Parkinson is urging his side to stay grounded.
Results at Highbury and Priestfield have rejuvenated the Whites’ automatic promotion hopes and got fans dreaming of a return to the Championship.
Pragmatic to a tee, Parkinson will not be allowing his own thoughts to drift in the build up to tomorrow’s home game against Northampton Town.
“It was a good time to put those results together and we played some very good football which I think has improved steadily,” he told The Bolton News. “But there are 10 games to go now. It is a cliché that every one of them is a cup final but we have to play every 90 minutes with that energy and intensity.
“We have to remember the hard work that got us those results. There has been a good work ethic across the team and that is what we need to show against Northampton at the weekend.”
The Macron is certain to be upbeat as Wanderers return home, having scored four goals in consecutive away games for the first time since 1928. Nerves were evident in the previous two draws against Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon and Parkinson hopes his players can bring back some of the form they have shown in the last seven days.
“Whether it is at home or away, we need to replicate what we did against Fleetwood and Gillingham,” he said. “We held on for a point against Bristol but we didn’t get our just rewards against Wimbledon, where I thought we played well.
“We took it up a notch against Gillingham and it would be good to come home and get another result in front of our own fans.”
After a big change in personnel over recent months, Wanderers fans have had to be patient as some of the players get themselves back to fitness.
“Alfie is a good example – he played really well again at Gillingham and he’s used to playing again. He’s got his legs back. People will talk about goals, which is great, but his link-up play with Madine was just as good .”