Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has revealed to The Bolton News he has his eyes on the top of League One after Sheffield United’s draw at the weekend.

Following the Trotters’ 2-0 away win at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, Parkinson’s side are now six points clear of Fleetwood Town and just four points adrift of the League One leaders.

“We’ll look above us and also behind us,” the Bolton boss said. “I did think that Sheffield United going to Oldham, with that terrible pitch, would be a difficult game for them.

“It’s all about adapting to the conditions, so that result is good for us.

“But nobody here is getting carried away and making predictions about who finishes where. For us, it’s about regrouping, getting the training schedule right, looking at our next opponents and getting the lads who need a rest, to rest.”

Sheffield United’s draw at Oldham Athletic allowed Bolton, who are undefeated in their last seven, to gain ground in the promotion race but Chris Wilder and his team will still be confident that the South Yorkshire club can finish the job.

The Blades claimed a valuable three points against Bolton last month as captain Billy Sharp scored a brace in a one-sided 2-0 win. Wilder’s side face a tough test against play-off candidates Millwall on Tuesday.

The Trotters’ next game doesn’t come until the weekend, as the Greater Manchester club host relegation threatened Chesterfield. Saturday’s fixture is quickly followed by three successive away games, which will no doubt decide who wins the title race.


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