Freedman Praises Bolton Trio

  • December 29, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman had praise for Darren Pratley, Kevin Davies and Lee Chung-Yong after Bolton came from behind to beat Birmingham City.

Trailing to an early header from Nikola Zigic, Wanderers fought back to seal a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Chung-Yong and a Keith Andrews penalty.

Speaking after the game, Freedman admitted he was pleased with the improved performance and reserved special praise for three of his players.

"It was a great performance today and when you achieve that as a coach it's very pleasing," Freedman told the club's official website.

"The players showed courage when we went 1-0 down and all credit to them. It's difficult to make up the ground when you have conceded, but we have shown in games that we have the mental strength and desire to do just that.

"We know teams will come to the Reebok and sit back against us, and we have to get used to that. Birmingham were dogged in their defending, and the way they set up made things very difficult for us.

"Across the 90 minutes I thought we were composed, we passed and moved the ball well, worked hard when we didn't have the ball and covered the ground in midfield.

"We had to be patient but our build-up got the rewards in the end and the fans had three goals to cheer. Without a doubt, the best team won today.

"There were a number of good performances today across the park. I thought Darren Pratley stood up, worked hard and gave everything. Kevin Davies led the line and it was a great goal that Chung-Yong Lee scored. He's had a very difficult year with injury, but when he comes into training he gives nothing less than 100 percent. He's well prepared and ready to work hard.

"Next, we go into a difficult game at Elland Road on New Year's Day. It's a quick turnaround and we go there knowing that we have to build on today's performance.

"I'm working with a great bunch of lads who are desperate to do well. They're putting in the work on the training ground and they're determined and focussed.

"I would like to thank the fans for the support I've had since I've been here and I'm pleased to end the year with a win."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Hull City 17 17
21 Birmingham City 17 15
22 Burton Albion 18 14
23 Bolton Wanderers 18 13
24 Sunderland 18 11
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