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

  • August 23, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman speaks to the press, following his side's 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Wanderers took a 25th minute lead at the AMEX Stadium, as Matt Mills headed home Jay Spearing free-kick, but the Seagulls took the points thanks to goals either side of the break from Craig Mackail-Smith and Joao Carlos Teixeira.

Speaking after the game, Freedman admitted he was disappointed with his side's inability to convert chances into goals and believes he now has players with the necessary attitude to avoid a repeat of last season's dismal start.

"We're obviously very disappointed because I feel we gave as good as we got," Freedman told the club's official website.

"It was a very tight game and we just seem to be coming out on the wrong side of those fine margins. There really wasn't much in the game.

"We lost Adam Bogdan when they scored the equalising goal. It certainly wasn't the deciding factor in the game, but it played a part.

"In the second half we had a couple of chances, they had a couple of chances. The ultimate difference was that they took theirs, we didn't.

"Anyone who saw the game will realise we're not too far away. We created two or three very good opportunities in the first half and we could have easily been two goals up going into the break.

"We're certainly seeing a lot of positives, but we know we need to get points on the board soon.

"The majority of games in this division are tight and we've got to make sure that we come out on the right side by taking those chances when they come our way.

"We've got some very good characters in this squad. We're dusting ourselves down and are always ready to go again.

"We've got a very good group of players, though we know we need to add a little bit of quality in the final third. We're not a group of lets our heads go down."

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