PHIL Parkinson enjoyed being an 'eye in the sky' against Millwall.

Banned from the touchline by the Football Association for two games, the Wanderers boss took residence on the TV gantry on Saturday and kept in contact with his bench over a radio.

He will climb the stairs again tomorrow night as Bolton look to make it back-to-back home wins against Sheffield Wednesday.

“I enjoyed it – it’s a fantastic view from up there and you are calmer when making decisions, there’s no doubt about it,” he told The Bolton News.

“You are not caught up with the hurly-burly, arguing in the technical area, the fourth official and the linesmen etc.

“It was a tough week and after a good win we need to show the determination to follow that up now.”

Wanderers edged two points closer to safety with victory against Millwall, a result made all the more impressive after a difficult week in which financial issues at the club bit hard.

There is now light at the end of the tunnel, with a takeover expected to go through soon, but Parkinson is concentrating solely on the league table.

“Millwall was a key result,” he said. “Before the game we said to the lads we mustn’t try and put our problems behind us, we have to put our problems behind us now.

“We needed a result against Millwall to make them start looking over their shoulder.

“We need to draw more teams into it.”

Wanderers will have some options against the Owls, with Jason Lowe, David Wheater and Craig Noone all returning to contention.

“We have got the lads who were suspended back and we might need to put some freshness back into the team,” Parkinson said. “We’ll have a good think about that as a staff.

“Lowe, Noone and Wheater would be big characters to come back in – but that team stood up. The midfield two, Connolly and Williams, were excellent.

“Callum’s pass for Pawel (Olkowski)’s goal was first class and it showed what we’ve missed when Joe has been out of the team. He’s got such a desire to win, has such a big heart, and I was very pleased with that combination.”