PHIL CALLS FOR ONE LAST PUSH

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

BOLTON boss Phil Parkin­son sounded a ral­ly­ing call to his play­ers to give ev­ery­thing in their pro­mo­tion chase af­ter be­ing held to a draw by AFC Wim­ble­don.

Dons top scorer Tom El­liott can­celled out Gary Ma­dine’s early opener to res­cue a point for the Lon­don side, as Bolton re­main fourth in the ta­ble.

“We’ve worked very, very hard as a club to get our­selves in this po­si­tion and now we’ve got to give ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to try and make the most of this run-in of games now,” said Parkin­son.

“If we can achieve it, it will be great, but we know it’s go­ing to be tough and we’re ready for the chal­lenge.

“We’re still up there fight­ing. Most teams in an em­bargo and hav­ing had the prob­lems we’ve had are in rel­e­ga­tion bat­tles, and we’re up there fight­ing for pro­mo­tion.

“In the sec­ond half I thought we were great, it’s just that lit­tle bit of qual­ity we needed when we got the op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Dons goal­keeper James Shea showed good re­ac­tions af­ter par­ry­ing away David Wheater’s fourth-minute ef­fort.

But he was pow­er­less to stop Ma­dine’s ex­pert header which squeezed past him from Filipe Mo­rais’ cor­ner on the quar­ter hour.

Dominic Poleon swiv­elled in the box just be­fore the half-hour mark and called Ben Al­nwick into ac­tion as the vis­i­tors re­sponded.

And the Dons lev­elled through a header too when Ge­orge Fran­comb picked out El­liott, who tow­ered above the Bolton rear­guard to thump home six min­utes be­fore half­time.

Mo­rais saw his fre- kick from 25 yards tipped onto the bar by Shea at full stretch af­ter the break and the pacy winger cut in­side to un­leash a curl­ing 66thminute drive which the goal­keeper was also alert to parry to safety.

Josh Vela fired a 72nd minute ef­fort just over as the Trot­ters con­tin­ued to press and Adam Le Fon­dre com­bined with Ma­dine who teed up Mo­rais, only to blast over with fewer than ten min­utes left as the Dons held out for a share of the spoils.

And boss Neal Ard­ley was pleased with his side’s re­cent form, which has in­cluded tri- umphs over Walsall and pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Scun­thorpe be­fore this draw with the Trot­ters.

“Seven points with Scun­thorpe away and Bolton away is a great, great week for us,” he said.

“It’s a great point for us. To go one down at a place like this, not fold, stick with it and then af­ter about 20 min­utes I thought we started con­trol­ling it.

“From then on it was whether we could have that bit of qual­ity to get the goal and we’ve ob­vi­ously got it and we were de­lighted.

“We’ve dug in, we’ve de­fended out set-pieces well, we’ve made some good blocks, and Shea-sy’s mo­ment in the first minute of the sec­ond half was a re­ally great save from the free-kick.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Si­mon Davies

IN THE NET: Tom El­liott scores AFC Wim­ble­don’s equaliser Bolton Wanderers striker

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