Post-Match: Freedman on Bolton's Win at Crewe

  • August 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman speaks to the press, following his side's 3-2 extra-time victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Wanderers fell behind in the 2nd minute at the Alexandra Stadium, as Bradden Inman curled beyond Andy Lonergan, but the visitors pulled level when Darren Pratley headed home five minutes before the break. Jermaine Beckford's stoppage time volley looked to have won it for the Trotters, only for Marcus Haber to take the tie into extra-time - in which Beckford's second of the evening secured Bolton's passage into round three.

Speaking after the game, Freedman admitted his side overcame a difficult obstacle to book their place in the next round and heaped praise on the experienced head of Beckford.

"It was a difficult opening period for us," Freedman told the club's official website. "I felt one or two players found it hard in the first 15 to 20 minutes to cope with the pace of the game, but through our energy and desire we got back into it.

"In the second half we had enough opportunities to finish off the game, but all credit to Crewe, they got back in it.

"I felt towards the end of the game and into extra time there was only one team who was going to win it with our superior possession, energy and fitness levels.

"Jermaine Beckford is a goalscorer, and he has the ability to score goals - that is why I brought him to the football club and he's produced two wonderful finishes tonight.

"We made sure that we started with one or two experienced players in the team and in the end that is what has won us the game.

"In both cup ties I’ve introduced one or two younger players which has made it a very level playing field, but I felt we deserved to win the game and that's the key to it.

"I take cup competitions very seriously and the lads understood that and played very well, but Crewe gave us a good game tonight and made sure that we had to work for it.

"Our away form last season was very good and we need to make sure that we get back to that, starting with Leeds this weekend.

"We had a fantastic win at Leeds last season. We need to go there and make sure that we start the game positively."

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