Post-Match: Hughes on Bolton's Defeat to Bournemouth

  • October 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Andy Hughes thought Bolton gave as good as they got, but admitted they lacked a cutting edge in the final third as they were beaten by Bournemouth.

In their first outing since Dougie Freedman was sacked as manager on Friday, Wanderers were beaten by a Cherries side who had Yann Kermorgant dismissed shortly before the half-time break.

Callum Wilson put the visitors in front within 60 seconds of the restart, before a deflected strike from Jay Spearing brought Bolton level. Bournemouth won the game midway through the second period, however, as Wilson grabbed his second to condemn the Trotters to defeat.

Speaking after the game, Hughes, who has been installed as caretaker manager, thought his players produced an improved performance to those shown in recent weeks and believes a new manager coming into the club will inherit a squad determined to rise from their current predicament.

"It wasn't the result we would have wanted but I got everything else I wanted from the game - energy, endeavour, honesty, leadership from the senior players and, the biggest one for me, the fans getting behind the team," Hughes told the club's official website.

"I feel like I got the best out of the lads today. I really did. The unfortunate thing was we lacked in the final third, but, as I've learned at this club, in this town and from the fans, sometimes as long as you have a go they give it you back.

"Every single player and member of staff who helped today could look each other in the eye today. Whoever comes in will look at that and take the positives. You are only as good as your last game and I thought we were good today.

"We were unfortunate to lose the game, but I'm not going to groan. Bournemouth are a good team and they have a really good young manager and play really good football. They have got good players. We have good players too and we now need to get on with it. There is no point sulking. We need to hit it head on and attack this problem.

"We need wins, it is as simple as that. We need to do whatever it takes to win.

"Whoever is the next manager is going to inherit a pretty wonderful squad. We need someone to come in who is going to lift the lads. I think they were lifted today so the next manager is getting a driven, hungry bunch that are ready to work hard. The players are going to work hard for the town, work hard for each other, and first and foremost, work hard for themselves. They can go home each day, look at themselves in the mirror and think, 'I've had a go today'.

"Every player can go home today with their heads held high. They'll take the positives from the game. There is only one way for this club and it is up."

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