BIG SAM RE­TURN ‘NOT THE PRI­OR­ITY’

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

BOLTON as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Parkin is urg­ing his play­ers to fo­cus all their at­ten­tion on League One ac­tion, rather than the re­turn of Big Sam Al­lardyce to the Macron Sta­dium in the FA Cup.

The Trot­ters go to the Ri­coh Arena to take on strug­gling Coven­try City on Mon­day evening, when three points will be vi­tal in their hunt for an au­to­matic pro­mo­tion place.

Zach Clough’s goal gave Bolton a 1-0 vic­tory the last time the teams met in Novem­ber, but Parkin is warn­ing against any com­pla­cency.

He fears minds may slip to the ea­gerly-awaited FA Cup third round clash with Sam Al­lardyce’s Crys­tal Palace. Parkin wants league points in the bank first.

“Games come thick and fast, but once we’ve played the Coven­try game we’ll have a lit­tle break from the league, whereas most teams will play again,” he said.

“That’s why it’s im­por­tant we put a marker down be­fore we come up against Palace.

“This next game is the only one we can fo­cus on. That’s the im­por­tant one right now.

“The fans have been great and we’ve paid them back with some good per­for­mances at the Macron.

“Touch wood it’s prov­ing to be a bit of a fortress at the mo­ment.”

COME­BACK: Al­lardyce

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