WANDERERS will attempt to press the reset button on their stuttering season with a weekend’s break from the training ground.

Phil Parkinson has given his players a few days off to recharge their batteries and focus on a crucial run of games into December against Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic.

A run of one win in 13 games plunged Wanderers into the bottom three of the Championship for the first time this season but the manager hopes his players can come back reinvigorated for the challenge ahead.

“We cannot mope around,” he said. “The lads will get a weekend break but I have said that when they come back in on Monday they have to be ready to knuckle down and start all over again.

“We have to move on. That applies to players, to staff, to everyone. Yes, we’ve had disappointing recent results but there is no sense sitting and allowing them to affect the next game.

“We have to brush off that disappointment.

“I want to start afresh on Monday morning and get ready for this next set of games.

“When you are not winning it can create tension in the air and anxiety in your play. I can feel that, so I think this little break is important for them. Come back stronger.”

Parkinson was speaking at a memorial service for former owner Eddie Davies, held at Bolton Parish Church on Thursday.

Although he did not benefit directly from the financial backing which helped give Wanderers fans some treasured memories and two European campaigns, the Bolton boss sees Davies’ legacy on a daily basis at the Lostock training ground.

“The structure and foundations of this football club are as good as anything, they really are,” he told The Bolton News.

“If anyone gets a chance to come down to the training ground and see the quality of the pitches, they would be very surprised.

“This is a club which has been built carefully over very many years, a lot of it with Eddie’s money, and even though there have been tough times there is still a lot to be proud of.”