Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Draw With M'Boro

  • January 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman thought his Bolton side deserved to beat Middlesbrough, but conceded the fact that they need to cut out individual mistakes.

Wanderers came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Aitor Karanka's men on New Year's Day, as goals in each half from Alex Baptiste and David Ngog cancelled out first-half strikes from Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main.

Speaking after the game, Freedman believed his side was the better of the two teams but admitted they were always facing an uphill struggle after a dismal opening 20 minutes.

"We're disappointed to have given them a two goal start, but the moment that their second went in, I felt we were the better team," Freedman told the club's official website.

"I felt that we had enough chances to not only draw but win the game - it was a fantastic fight back with great character shown.

"We look back on the game and we're disappointed because we've had enough chances to win, but if you gift a team two goals then you're going to find it difficult to win.

"I've got to give credit to the substitutes as they made all the difference and played a huge part in getting us the draw.

"When it got to about the 65th minute, I felt as though the game had fallen a little bit flat and the energy levels were low because we've had so many games in quick succession.

"You can't point the finger at this group of players' spirit and character because that was there in abundance today.

"They've had a tough time over the past three or four weeks in terms of certain things going against them, but the character shown today in terms of fighting for each other was very pleasing.

"This league is crazy. You play a lot of games in a very short period of time and you need to make sure that you're very well-conditioned, but for us it is so far so good and we're looking forward to the game against Blackpool on Saturday."

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