BIG SAM RETURN ‘NOT THE PRIORITY’
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.”