Freedman Vows To Learn From Defeat

  • December 01, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman admits he will learn from Bolton's defeat against Ipswich Town, which brought an end to his unbeaten start to life as Wanderers boss.

Mark Davies' sixth-minute strike gave Bolton the lead at the Reebok Stadium, but a second half penalty from DJ Campbell and a stoppage time goal from Michael Chopra gave Mick McCarthy's side the three points, prompting a chorus of boos from the home supporters at the final whistle.

Speaking after the game, Freedman thought Bolton were good value for their 1-0 lead, but believes they need to learn how to see out a game when they have the lead.

"It's obviously disappointing not to take the three points today and see the unbeaten run end," Freedman told the club's official website. "Saying that, I learnt a lot from today's performance.

"We took the lead with a well-worked goal and good finish from Mark Davies. We certainly created chances in both halves and had the opportunity to put the game to bed. You have to take those chances and if you don't, the opposition can always work their way back into the game.

"There was nothing wrong with our build-up play and there was nothing wrong defensively. We moved the ball well, but I just felt that we couldn't see the game out, and, if you are winning 1-0, that is what you have to do.

"We need to play a certain way when we're in that position, to see a game out. I don't think the players' mind-set is to win 1-0, so they need a bit of help and we will try and give them that little bit of help. That is where we have to try and get to.

"I feel we've got enough quality in this group of players to win games like that. Full credit to Ipswich, though. They kept on going and got their reward.

"The players have been very good in terms of game management on the pitch, going a goal down and having a good response, and I know that we will have a positive reaction on Monday."

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