Top scorer Madine going nowhere, insists Bolton boss Parkinson

Phil Parkinson says it would be “madness” to allow top scorer Gary Madine to leave Bolton during the transfer window.

Madine took his tally to 10 league goals this term with a 53rd-minute opener in Wanderers’ 1-1 Skybet Championship draw against Ipswich.

Madine and substitute Felipe Morais went close to doubling the hosts’ lead before Joe Garner fired in an 82nd-minute equaliser to leave Mick McCarthy the happier of the two managers.

“It would be madness for us to lose him,” said Parkinson of his in-form striker.

“He is a good player and there is more to come from him.

“If you get quality crosses in the box, he will get goals.

“Gaz took his goal well because it wasn’t an easy one to finish as the ball bounced to him quickly.

“Overall, it was a good performance considering we lost Mark Beevers (illness) on the morning of the game.

“We also asked Karl Henry to play after only two days training. Maybe that cost us with some fatigue in the second half.

“It’s always disappointing not to take three points when you are ahead. However, with the disruption we have had, it is a decent point for us.

“We tried everything to get a second goal to kill the game off. But we couldn’t find that moment of quality.

“But Ipswich are a good side and have some good attacking players. Their goal summed up the quality they have in the final third.

“It was the one moment where they really cut us open. And I couldn’t ask for any more how the lads applied themselves.”

Ipswich boss McCarthy was happy to leave with a point.

And he suggested Town fans need a dose of reality.

“We come up here and people think we are Ipswich Town with Sir Bobby Robson still involved with all his players,” he said.

“They think we are a top top team and should beat Bolton. But that’s not the case. Bolton have a lot of Championship experience in their team and they are on a resurgence.

“I have never had an easy game here. And at the end of it I will take the point.

“Bolton are no mugs and they didn’t make it easy for us.

“They are a big powerful team. We actually played great football from 1-0 down, a football team turned up then and we played well.

“But it was probably the worst game, certainly the worst first half, I have seen all season, possibly for a long time.

“We had to scrap it out because it was a tough old game. Both teams worked hard to stop each other playing.”

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