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

  • January 29, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman thought his side were unlucky on Tuesday night, as they were beaten 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers.

Goals in each half from Charlie Austin and Karl Henry gave Harry Redknapp's side all three points from the game at Loftus Road, with Jay Spearing grabbing a late consolation for the travelling Trotters.

Speaking after the game, Freedman praised his side's attitude and believes they would have got a result but for some fine individual performances from Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green and the defenders in front of him.

"I was very proud of the effort and commitment that they showed - it was a close game," Freedman told the club's official website.

"At times, QPR were ruthless and their defending was the difference but we kept on going and I'm very proud of their efforts.

"We hit the crossbar and their keeper has pulled off two wonderful saves, so the key to it is to stick together and keep on putting in these performances because it will change.

"I thought our game plan worked really well and the lads stuck to it perfectly tonight. QPR are very ruthless though when it comes to snuffing out certain situations.

"I think we could have been stronger on one or two occasions when we broke on them, but saying that their keeper has pulled off a couple of excellent saves.

"We were also dealt a bit of bad luck in the opening seconds of the game with the incident surrounding Tim Ream. He has come off with what looks like a broken nose and we feel their player was lucky to still be on the pitch.

"Young Hayden White came into the fold however and acquitted himself very well indeed.

"Our lads will never give up - that's the key to it. We've had a difficult couple of weeks, but this team are fully committed and are a great bunch of lads to work with. Things will change if we keep on believing it.

"Those who were there tonight will have seen a very good performance with not a lot in it, but credit to QPR.

"There are some big games coming up and we're looking forward to them, starting with Ipswich away and then a couple of derby games at home.

"I firmly believe that if we produce similar performances to what we've seen tonight, I'm certain we'll get the result we deserve."

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