Bolton v Bristol City QUOTES



Posted Saturday, February 03, 2018 by PA

Bolton v Bristol City QUOTES

Bolton’s Sammy Ameobi says victory against promotion-chasing
Bristol City proves there is life after Gary Madine following the top
scorer’s £6million move to Cardiff.

Ameobi netted the only goal of the game as Bolton climbed out of the Sky Bet
Championship relegation places.

Madine scored 10 times before his January move and Ameobi is now outright second in the club’s scoring charts with four.

The forward said: “Gary is a top-quality player, but we have to get on
without him.

“I said from the off there is enough quality in the squad to stay up.”

Ameobi provided a rare moment of magic to win the game with a goal in
the 71st minute.

He picked up the ball in midfield, ran at the Bristol defence and from
the edge of the box powered a left-foot shot low to the left of keeper
Luke Steele.

Bolton should have made it 2-0, but Zach Clough, returning to Bolton on
loan from Nottingham Forest, blazed over late on.

“Zach was bright when he came on and had a great chance. You wondered if
we might get punished for not taking it,” explained Bolton manager Phil
Parkinson.

Parkinson admitted it had been a tough week following the sale of
Madine.

He said: “We showed great resilience. People have written us off all
season.

“We have sold our top scorer and people are writing us off again, so we
have to prove them wrong again.

“It felt tonight before the game that people were patting us on the back
and saying we were unlucky.

“I said I expected us not to draw, but win the game.

“Everybody will talk about Sammy who will get the headlines, but it was
a team effort and the players stuck to our game plan and restricted a
very good team to few chances.”

Parkinson was not surprised by Ameobi’s exploits, saying: “He has played
in the Premier League.

“He played in a different role and relished it. He was a danger.

“Sammy has great shooting ability. He has scored some great goals since
he arrived at the club, and that was another one.

“People can see what a talented lad he is, and I am glad the transfer
window has closed”

Bristol manager Lee Johnson admitted his side didn’t deserve to take
anything from the game.

He said: “Give credit to Bolton who deserved to win. Dare I say they
wanted it more than us, and that was disappointing.

“We didn’t start with enough tempo and were flicky, posing, pulled out
of a few challenges and didn’t do the basics which made them feel
encouraged to be in the game.

“It is very disappointing. We can accept being beaten, but it was the
manner.

“We have to go back to the drawing board and respect Bolton who are
fighting for their lives. We didn’t play winning football.”

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