Freedman: Patience Paid Off

  • November 04, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman was pleased with his players, as they came from behind to beat Cardiff City 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

Trailing to a Craig Noone strike, Wanderers turned the game around to capture the points, thanks to a Martin Petrov penalty and a David Ngog backheel.

Ngog was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time, but Freedman thought his side were fully deserving of the points and he praised his players for remaining patient, after a lacklustre first half.

"We've got a great bunch of lads here and they've taken on board what we've asked of them," Freedman told the club's official website.

"I didn't think we deserved to be a goal down at half time, but we responded in the right manner and asked a lot of questions of Cardiff as soon as the second half started. Overall, I thought we deserved to win that match of football.

"Our players have got to get to know that, because of the demands of this league, we will be making use of the whole squad. It was certainly the squad that won us this game tonight.

"Cardiff are a top team. They've spent a substantial amount of money and added some quality players.

"We passed the ball quite well in the first half, without ever really hurting them. The game doesn't have to be won inside the opening half. We stuck to our game-plan and as the match wore on, we grew stronger.

"I knew, having played against Cardiff a lot, that if we could keep the tempo up in the second half, we'd get chances.

"Now, there's no use in us opening the champagne and celebrating, thinking we're going to be okay. We've now got to respond on Monday morning in training. Hopefully, the players will come in with a smile on their faces ready to go again.

"Overall, I think it was a good performance from the whole squad and coaching staff. The fans played their part, particularly in the second half, in getting behind the side. It's all about momentum, both on and off the pitch, and, today, the supporters gave us a real boost. They were vocal and it's good to send them home happy."

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