The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall

BOLTON boss Phil Parkin­son chal­lenged his side to keep pro­duc­ing re­sults as his strik­ing op­tions re­turn to the fore af­ter a goal­less draw against for­mer side Brad­ford.

Both sides drew a blank as Brad­ford main­tained their un­beaten league record while Bolton re­main with­out a win in their last five league games.

And Parkin­son pin­pointed the ab­sence of Gary Ma­dine, Keshi An­der­son, Max Clay­ton and sub­sti­tute Zach Clough fol­low­ing the tight en­counter, but ad­mit­ted he en­joyed fac­ing his ex-em­ploy­ers.

“If you take four strik­ers out of any squad at this level, it af­fects you and while we’re wait­ing for those play­ers to come back, we’ve got to keep churn­ing out the re­sults and that’s what we’re do­ing,” he said.

“It was a good, hon­est per­for­mance from us. We stuck at it, we rolled our sleeves up and were com­mit­ted.

“They’re a good team, they’re un­beaten all sea­son and when you’re un­beaten at this stage, there’s rea­sons for that.

“It’s been a long week build­ing up to this game but I en­joyed it and en­joyed the oc­ca­sion.”

Trot­ters skip­per Jay Spear­ing stung Colin Doyle’s palms with a long range ef­fort within 30 sec­onds while Jamie Proc­tor headed James Henry’s cor­ner over as Bolton started pos­i­tively.

Both de­fences re­mained on top un­til Sammy Ameobi’s 27thminute close-range shot was de­flected just wide by some des­per­ate Brad­ford de­fend­ing.

Ti­mothee Dieng pro­duced the Ban­tams’ first shot in anger af­ter the half hour with a lon­grange ef­fort which failed to trou­ble Mark Howard, while Mark Mar­shall drilled straight at the Bolton stopper five min­utes later.

Dean Moxey had a mo­ment to for­get when he mis­judged a 49th-minute ball for­ward and nearly let Marc McNulty through on goal, but the Ban­tams striker was even­tu­ally thwarted.

Proc­tor’s smart touch set up Bolton prodigy Clough on the edge of the box with 15 min­utes left and the young­ster thun­dered an ef­fort inches wide.

Mar­shall’s dan­ger­ous stop­page time cross was met by Ban­tams sub­sti­tute Jordy Hi­wula but the Hud­der­s­field loa­nee’s header glanced ag­o­nis­ingly wide.

But Brad­ford boss Stu­art McCall was sat­is­fied with a point, de­spite draw­ing their fifth league game in a row.

“We would have liked to have cre­ated a few more prob­lems for them, but it’s a good point,” he said. “I’d much rather have a 3-3 than a 0-0, but both sides de­fended strongly and it was a tight, hard-fought game.

“We’re just aim­ing to do our best and if we can be in the mix at the end of the sea­son, ob­vi­ously that’s the aim. I’m sure Bolton will be.

“Some­times you go and you play for 0-0 and you sit in and de­fend – we didn’t do that, we still felt there was a goal in us, we car­ried a threat to them.”

PIC­TURES: Gor­don Clay­ton

STAR MAN MARK BEEVERS Bolton CLASH OF THE DAY: Brad­ford City’s Mark Mar­shall is tack­led by Mark Beevers of Bolton Wan­der­ers

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