Freedman: Bolton Still Have Work To Do

  • April 27, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman was pleased with Bolton's draw at Cardiff City, but wants his side to end the season with a win next weekend.

Wanderers played out a 1-1 draw in the Welsh capital on Saturday afternoon, meaning they stay in sixth place with just one game of the regular season left to go. Chris Eagles had given the Trotters a first half lead at the Cardiff City Stadium, but Craig Noone's second half free-kick meant the two sides shared the points.

Freedman's side have the advantage of a superior goal difference over Nottingham Forest, who face fellow play-off hopefuls Leicester City on the final day. Speaking after the game at Cardiff, the Bolton boss believes a draw was a fair result and he wants to end the campaign with a win against Blackpool to secure a top-six finish.

"I felt it was a fair result today," Freedman told the club's official website. "If Darren Pratley's chance in the first half goes in it is 2-0 and the game would have been really on our side.

"We have also had to rely on a couple of fantastic saves from Adam Bogdan so on reflection a draw is a fair result.

"The way we set up in midfield allowed Darren Pratley to make runs forward on the counter attack and it worked.

"We prepared correctly. We knew before the game Cardiff possessed a lot of different qualities and were capable of putting in crosses from the wide areas.

"Our two centre halves and Adam Bogdan were fantastic and Josh Vela was immense, for such a young age to step in and show his maturity by tracking his runners so there were a lot of good performances.

"It was a wonderful goal by Chris Eagles. We analysed that before the game. We looked to work in the wider areas and cut the ball back and that is what happened for the goal.

"Fair play to Cardiff City. They made a couple of good substitutions at the right time and they had an impact.

"If anybody had said to me when I first got the job that our fate was in our own hands and we had to win our last game to get into the play-offs, we would have taken it.

"We are looking forward to next weekend's game. We won't change how we approach the game, and we are going to be looking forward to winning the game. We have won our last eight games at home which is a fantastic record and we want to finish with a win.

"What we have achieved so far is good and we have to make sure we finish a very good three months next weekend."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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