Trot­ters thank­ful to Henry

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Bar­rie White

BOLTON boss Phil Parkin­son in­sisted his side’s char­ac­ter is why they en­ter 2017 in League One’s pro­mo­tion spots af­ter James Henry’s late win­ner saw off ri­vals Scun­thorpe United and de­liv­ered them the points.

Josh Vela’s sixth of the sea­son was can­celled out by Neal Bishop’s de­served sec­ond­half lev­eller, but deep in in­jury time, Henry gave Bolton all three points.

Parkin­son, who said the game was a good ad­vert for League One, said his side had the be­lief to win late against a Scun­thorpe team he rates highly.

“When you beat some­one who’s up there with you, then it’s of added im­por­tance,” he said.

“We had to make sure they didn’t get any­thing as they’re a good side.

“We’ve got char­ac­ter here – I said it at pre­sea­son and halfway through the sea­son, we’ve shown that.

“I en­joyed watch­ing that per­for­mance and be­ing part of that at­mos­phere – the sup­port­ers were fan­tas­tic and I want to thank them for that.

“You’ve al­ways got to keep be­liev­ing you’ll win the game, while mak­ing sure you don’t leave your­self open and lose it.

“Im­pact from the bench is vi­tal, es­pe­cially around this Christ­mas pe­riod and James has given us that lift.”

Wan­der­ers led on 17 min­utes as Gary Ma­dine won the ball in the air and his knock down found Vela, who fired home from 20 yards out. Af­ter the hour, Iron were level, as Ben Al­nwick was pow­er­less to stop Bishop’s pow­er­fully driven shot from 16 yards fly­ing into the top right-hand cor­ner. The win­ner came in the sixth minute of stop­page time, when sub­si­tute Henry fired home past Luke Daniels’ de­spair­ing dive – via a de­flec­tion – to send the Macron faith­ful wild. United boss Gra­ham Alexan­der cut a dis­con­so­late fig­ure at the end, but was cheered by his team’s per­for­mance.

He said: “Per­for­mance-wise, we were ex­cel­lent.

“We con­trolled the game at times, but for­tune has gone against us with a de­flected goal. “It was a bit­ter blow. “When you get beat when you’ve not been good enough, you can hold your hand up, but that was cer­tainly good enough.

“We went be­hind to a poor goal, but we con­tin­ued to play as we wanted to play.

“We needed that break­through. We started the sec­ond half so well, and got a thor­oughly-de­served goal.

“For them to snatch the win­ner at the end, in that fash­ion, is a sore one for us to take at the end.”

PIC­TURES: Mark Do­herty/ProS­ports

HAIL HENRY: James Henry scores their late win­ning goal

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