Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Defeat to Cardiff

  • January 25, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman refused to criticise Andy Lonergan, after his mistake cost Wanderers a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Lonergan's blunder, five minutes into the second half, allowed substitute Fraizer Campbell to slot into an unguarded net from close range to send Cardiff City into the last 16 for only the third time in the last 20 seasons.

Speaking after the game, Freedman praised his defence for the way they bounced back from last weekend's 7-1 defeat at Reading and backed his goalkeeper to recover from his mistake.

"I thought that in the first half we were very compact and defended very well," Freedman told the club's official website. "It was a good response after last weekend.

"Going forward we created three or four half chances so we've got to try and take those. That's a little bit disappointing.

"At half time Cardiff changed things up in an attempt to try and break us down. They were able to bring on two very good attacking players in Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone. That was probably the difference today, when we got in and around their box we just didn't quite have the quality to properly work their goalkeeper.

"Unfortunately, we made one error at the back and that was the only thing we really did wrong all game. I feel that was what proved decisive.

"We can't single out Andrew Lonergan for the goal. He's been outstanding since he came into the side, and in truth he didn't really have a lot to do today.

"The game got a little bit scrappy in the second half, but all in all I'm very pleased with the spirit and the performance.

"We now look to the game on Tuesday at QPR. It's exactly what we need right now."

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