Freedman Bemoans Lack of Cutting Edge

  • January 01, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman admits Bolton must learn to take their chances, after crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Leeds United on New Year's Day.

In a game of few chances, Luciano Becchio's 66th minute penalty gave United all three points and condemned Wanderers to their tenth league defeat of the campaign.

Speaking after the match, Freedman believed his side were good value for at least a point, but believes a lack of cutting edge in the final third cost Bolton dear.

"It was disappointing not to come away with the three points, as our performance merited the win," Freedman told the club's official website.

"I thought it was a game of very few chances and a good number of those fell our way. Our energy levels were good but we just couldn't fashion that all-important goal.

"You've got to give credit to Leeds. They battled well and set themselves up to counter the threats we posed.

"I thought we were in control for the majority of the game, aside from a ten-minute period in which we conceded a needless penalty.

"As a squad we have to understand what it takes to not only to win matches, but see them out. We are working with the players on this and as we go forward it is key we address this.

"We have to ensure we play for the full game and not allow spells where the opposition are able to dictate the play.

"Ultimately we are very disappointed not to have been able to build on the win over Birmingham."

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9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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