Parky in pay-off

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FOOTBALL - By LIND­SAY SUT­TON at the Macron Sta­dium

BOLTON play­ers haven’t got their wages yet – but they didn’t short­change their fans in this do-or-die derby against Wi­gan.

The Wan­der­ers roared into an early lead through Will Buck­ley, then were fu­ri­ous when ref Si­mon Hooper awarded a con­tentious penalty that Will Grigg hit home with ease.

Bolton felt even more ag­grieved af­ter they were them­selves de­nied a penalty af­ter Sam Morsy raised his hands to a close-range cross from Mark Beev­ers.

Bolton boss Phil Parkin­son fumed: “I thought the rule was that if your arms were out in an un­nat­u­ral po­si­tion it was a penalty.

“That’s what hap­pened.

“You would think that the referee would give it af­ter the ear­lier de­ci­sion. It was a 60-40 de­ci­sion. Ev­ery­body in the ground knew that the chal­lenge for theirs wasn’t a penalty apart from two people. I am very dis­ap­pointed.”

Parkin­son (above) praised his men for han­dling the pay prob­lems and added: “When you don’t get paid you would be pretty de­mo­ti­vated. But the lads put it to one side.”

Wi­gan boss Paul Cook (be­low) wouldn’t get in­volved with the con­tro­ver­sies but added: “I’m pleased with a point that takes our tally to five in three games.

“I think we did enough to win the game and we cer­tainly had the clear­est-cut chances, but con­grat­u­la­tions to Bolton for their spir­ited and com­mit­ted per­for­mance af­ter dif­fi­cul­ties.

“They never left a blade of grass un­touched and Parky will be very proud of them.”

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