Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Defeat at Wigan

  • December 15, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman criticised the match officials and Wigan Athletic players after seeing his Bolton side lose 3-2 to the Latics at the DW Stadium.

The hosts took a two-goal lead into the break, courtesy of a Ben Watson penalty and a spectacular overhead-kick from Nick Powell, but Wanderers bounced back after the interval and pulled level thanks to Neil Danns and an Andre Moritz penalty.

Callum McManaman's 68th minute strike handed Wigan all three points and although Freedman was happy with the response his players showed in the second half, he believes poor finishing has once again cost his side dear - as well as what he perceived to be two questionable decisions from the match officials.

"I'm disappointed," Freedman told the club's official website. "We lost a game today that we shouldn't have lost.

"I am disappointed with the perception of the first Wigan goal. I am not criticising the referee's decision because it is such a hard job to do, but when he gives a corner and five or six Wigan players surround him, it changes the perception of the incident.

"We also feel the second goal is offside. We found ourselves two goals down and our spirit and positive play got us back into the game.

"In the second half we kept on going and we got level. The disappointing thing for me was for five or ten minutes after our equaliser we lost our shape.

"In the games we have lost recently there has been one goal in it and it is very narrow margins. It is my job to get the team organised.

"We pressed the ball right today and we created opportunities. We had enough chances to win the game in my eyes but we didn't take them.

"Our rotation in midfield today was fantastic, which allowed Andre Moritz to get on the ball. Neil Danns also had a big game in the second half with his deep runs.

"At the end of the day we lost, there are no excuses and in all honesty I wish we had a game tomorrow.

"We have to start taking more of our opportunities but we are playing the game in the right spirit."

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