Freedman Pleased Despite Defeat

  • April 16, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman was pleased with the performance of his Bolton side, despite seeing them lose 3-2 at Leicester City.

Wanderers took a third minute lead when David Ngog slotted home from the penalty spot but the Foxes levelled five minutes before the break as Chris Wood converted a penalty of his own, before Lloyd Dyer put the hosts in front just 60 seconds later.

Darren Pratley equalised 20 minutes from time, but a late volley from Jeffrey Schlupp gave Leicester the victory that saw them leapfrog Bolton in the race for the Championship play-offs.

Speaking after the game, Freedman thought the performance of his side merited at least a draw and he believes there is reason to be optimistic with just three games left to play.

"It was a fantastic, top quality Championship game," Freedman told the club's official website. "My players gave every single ounce of effort, but it just wasn't to be for us tonight. The game could have gone either way.

"We started well and controlled the first half. The disappointment is that we conceded a second goal so quickly after the first.

"I thought we had good energy throughout. Josh Vela stepped in and did fantastically well.

"In the second half we changed the shape and got right back at them and created some good opportunities. Craig Davies came on the caused some real problems for the Leicester defence.

"David Ngog has gone off to the hospital for a scan to find out the exact details of the injury. Initially, we think it could his shoulder, but we have to get that confirmed.

"The amount of effort we put into the game tonight was there for all to see. Sometimes things go for you, sometimes they don't. If we continue that over the next period of games we'll get the results.

"Lastly, it has to be said we had another terrific following tonight. More than 1,500 fans came to the game with us. You look at the 1,200 that came with us to Bristol and the support that we've had at the Reebok, people can see that we're giving it our all.

"I hope we'll be able to have another bumper crowd for the Middlesbrough game this weekend. We've got two home games and they can make a real difference."

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