Freedman Admits Trotter Mistake

  • March 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has admitted he made a mistake with the inclusion of Liam Trotter in Saturday's defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Trotter, who is more suited to a defensive style of midfield role, was asked to play behind the duo of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason against the Seagulls and was sarcastically cheered off the pitch when he was replaced by Robert Hall in the 52nd minute.

Freedman believes there is more to come from the on-loan Millwall man but says, with hindsight, the role he was given against Albion would have been more suited to a player such as Neil Danns.

"Everyone has a bad day at the office," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"We'd asked him to do a role similar to Dannsy and I've got to look at myself for that, to be honest.

"The game didn't pan out like we'd hoped and maybe we needed to stretch it a little bit wider. But you've seen in the past that he's a good acquisition and that he'll get better but this wasn't his day.

"All the lads who came in are all very, very capable of playing in the Championship and keeping the run going, but it didn't happen for us.

"In the end, it came down to they had two or three chances and took them, we had the same and didn't. It was as simple as that."

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