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

  • July 10, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman admitted he was pleased with his side's 1-1 draw against a Brondby side who will start a European campaign next week.

Wanderers came from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw at the Brondby Stadion, as Craig Davies' second-half penalty cancelled out a first-half opener from former Trotters forward Johan Elmander.

Speaking after the game, Freedman said he used last season's disappointing pre-season schedule to prepare for this summer and believes starting against tough opposition showed the fighting qualities of his players.

"When you choose to play a game at this level, it's like going straight in at the deep end," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"Last season we didn't get off to a great start, so I decided to take a look at myself and see what I could do about it.

"You come to a wonderful arena like this with great support, we brought some great fans with us as well, and you've got to respect the opposition.

"I thought in the first half we were strong, we were difficult to break down and in the last 15 minutes of that first half I thought we were coming on to a decent game. We got the penalty, we missed it, but it was okay.

"The players who came on in the second half were more experienced and they showed it in the way they played.

"In all, we've played a team who are about to start in the Europa League and given them a really good game. I'm so pleased I chose to do it this way and start with a higher opposition."

Freedman also had some words of warning for Robert Hall, who was shown a straight red card in the latter stages for a lunge on Dario Dumic. The Wanderers boss thinks the winger showed some 'immaturity', but has backed him to learn from his error.

Freedman said: "I think he showed a little bit of immaturity there. He told me that he'd got a kick a few moments before so he reacted. He held his hands up to me.

"It's a shame because he'd started very strongly and got right at their back four. He's looked really strong this summer.

"It's something he needs to learn from but I've told all my players that I want them to live on the edge. I want them to show desire and hunger - and yes, sometimes that goes over the top - but it needs to be there."

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