Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Draw at Millwall

  • February 15, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman believes his side were very unfortunate not to leave Millwall with three points, after drawing 1-1 at The Den.

Lukas Jutkiewicz put Wanderers ahead in the 15th minute, as he headed home from a Chris Eagles cross. Eagles later hit the post, while Alex Baptiste had a goal ruled out for offside.

Jutkiewicz then missed a penalty with 12 minutes to go, before Martyn Woolford equalised four minutes later to earn the Lions a point.

Speaking after the game, Freedman believes Lady Luck was against his team and he believes they would have claimed a well deserved three points on another day.

"Given the balance of play, I don't really think it was a fair result," Freedman told the club's official website.

"When you're a goal up and you have a penalty in the second half you're really thinking you're going to see the game out.

"We also hit the post through a wonderful free-kick and we really should have taken the three points.

"If the penalty goes in we win the game, it's as simple as that. In missing the penalty, that then energised the crowd and gave their players a lift. In the end we had to dig in and I thought we stood up for ourselves very well.

"We controlled the ball very well in the first half and went a goal up with a fantastic header from a great cross.

"We were fully committed, showed great desire and pressed the ball very well. If I was being critical of my team today, I'd say we maybe need to have a bit more of a calmer head in front of goal.

"Anyone who has seen our recent games can see we're playing well right now and that is encouraging.

"Unfortunately, we're drawing a lot of games right now. If we weren't performing well, then I'd be worried.

"My experience tells me that if we keep performing to this level the results will soon start coming. When that happens we'll be away."

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