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

  • September 20, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman was critical of his side's finishing, after they were beaten by the odd-goal at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Nouha Dicko pounced to head home the only goal of the game, three minutes before the break, to give Wolves a first victory against the Trotters in eight meetings - dating back to December 2009.

Owen Garvan missed a second-half penalty for the visitors, who also found Craig Davies, Joe Mason and Jermaine Beckford wasteful in front of goal.

Speaking after the game, Freedman thought his side's performance mirrored their recent outing at Leeds United and was once again left to rue missed chances.

"We defended very well in the first half, despite some good attacking play by Wolves," Freedman told the club's official website.

"We were in the right holes and prevented them from carving out any real opportunities, but the wind was taken out of our sails when they scored just before half time.

"Naturally, when a goal is scored against you just before half time that is going to deflate you, but we once again responded very well and came out and dominated the second half.

"We regrouped and the game came down to two moments - they took their chance in first half stoppage time and we've missed our clear chance from the penalty.

"I feel that if that penalty had gone in, we would have gone on to win the game.

"We created four or five fantastic opportunities in the second half, but we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

"We pegged Wolves right back and created quite a few opportunities in the game. It's very similar to what happened when we played at Leeds recently - we played well but couldn't put the ball away.

"We've come away here to a team who were lying fourth in the league table before the game, and I thought we were the better side.

"They are right in form and we have given them a real run for their money, but unfortunately we've come up short.

"We've ultimately missed our chances and that's why we've not taken anything from the game.

"There's a lot of belief in our team and we're playing quite well.

"In this division games are always very tight - if we can start to take the opportunities when they come along, I'm confident we'll win games of football and soon start climbing the league table."

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