Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Win Over Blackpool

  • January 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman thought Bolton and Blackpool were both worthy of a place in the FA Cup fourth round, but admitted his delight at his side's victory.

Goals in each half from David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford booked Wanderers' place in the next round, with Tom Barkhuizen on target for the Seasiders at the end of the first period.

Speaking after the game, Freedman thought both sides gave their all in an end-to-end cup game but feels the Trotters deserved their win over their Lancashire rivals.

"We created numerous goalscoring opportunities in the first half so I was disappointed we didn't go into the break in front," Freedman told the club's official website.

"In the second half we showed great commitment and real honesty and we scored a wonderful second goal to win the game.

"At the other end, Andy Lonergan made a couple of important saves late on but overall it was a great result.

"There is a great history in this competition between these two clubs and I am really pleased we are in the next round.

"It was a good old fashioned cup tie but our honesty and hard work got us through to the next round.

"We showed we can control games out of the possession and we had a discipline in our performance. In the end we had one or two counter attacks and the score could have quite easily finished 4-4.

"David Ngog played very well but a number of our players were on top form today. In the first half our attacking players showed a real willingness to get the ball in the penalty area. Collectively we were very good this afternoon."

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