Parky in pay-off
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.”