Bolton boss Phil Parkinson makes bold claim about Leeds United clash

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Macron Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Bolton,...

Leeds United are due to travel to Phil Parkinson's Bolton Wanderers at the weekend hoping to go top of the Championship table.

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Bolton,...

You could forgive Bolton Wanderers for feeling a little distracted this week.

The Trotters are still licking their wounds after conceding a 93rd minute winner to the irrepressible Norwich City on Saturday and the club have since been dogged by reports of unpaid wages (BBC).

 

So there are certainly better times to be facing a Leeds United side who have a 100 per cent record since returning to action after the November international break.

But, speaking to Bolton News, manager Phil Parkinson has made some rather bold claims ahead of the weekend clash with Marcelo Bielsa’s side, perhaps buoyed by a characterful display in that 3-2 loss at Norwich.

“I think there’s a good chance (that we’ll get a result against Leeds),” said Parkinson, whose Bolton side have won one game in 17.

Phil Parkinson of Bolton Wanderers looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Bristol City at Macron Stadium on February 2, 2018 in Bolton, England.

“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing. We have to work hard on that training ground, implement what we do on a Saturday or a Tuesday, and something will go for us.”

Leeds will obviously travel over the Pennines in great spirits and heavily favoured to return to West Yorkshire with another three point haul.

After the 4-1 collapse at West Brom, The Whites have shown plenty of grit and their ability to ‘win ugly’ was proven once again in the narrow 2-1 success at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

So Bielsa will be hoping to squash Parkinson’s confidence at the first opportunity.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds,...

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