Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Win Over Bury

  • August 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman thought his unconvinving Bolton side deserved their victory over Bury on Tuesday night, despite needing extra-time to overcome their near neighbours.

Ryan Lowe had given the Shakers a 20th minute lead at Macron Stadium, but Wanderers forced extra-time as Craig Davies drilled home from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time.

A brace from Neil Danns quickly put Bolton into a 3-1 lead, inside the first period of extra-time, before Jim McNulty set up a tense finish by netting at the other end - in a game which finished 3-2 to the hosts.

Speaking after the game, Freedman admitted he never believed Wanderers would depart the competition and believes their never-say-die attitude is what saw them through.

"I never thought we were going out of the competition," Freedman told the club's official website. "We recruited well in the summer and have created a bunch of lads that have great spirit and fantastic character.

"I knew we could still keep on going until the death and that's what we've got. If you looked at our pre-season we kept on going to the end, so it wasn't a surprise that we did create a late opportunity.

"It was a poor performance in the first half and a few words were exchanged at half time. I felt in the second half we controlled the game and got what we deserved.

"We deserved at least a draw over the course of the 90 minutes and in extra-time we really showed our quality.

"We didn't give the fans a lot to shout about in the first 45 minutes but they stood right by us and got right behind the team - that's what I want to create at the football club.

"It's always a relief to get that first victory but we're two games into it. You don't look too high, you don't look too low. We're football managers, we must concentrate on the here and now. We enjoyed it tonight, we deserved to go through and now we look forward to Saturday."

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