Dougie down after missing out

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman tried to focus on the positives after his players missed out on a play-off spot on goal difference.

Last Updated: 05/05/13 at 08:05 Post Comment

Dougie Freedman: Remains upbeat despite missing out on the play-offs

Dougie Freedman: Remains upbeat despite missing out on the play-offs

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

His Trotters drew 2-2 with Blackpool at the Reebok, only to be denied by Leicester who notched a late winner in a five-goal thriller against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

All the goals at Bolton came in the first half with Matt Phillips and Ludo Sylvestre firing the Seasiders into a two-goal lead before Chris Eagles and Craig Davies hit back for the hosts with a brace in time added on.

And Freedman said: "Yes, I'm disappointed with the outcome but I thought we stuck at it, went for the throat and we were very unfortunate not to win the game of football.

"It was a difficult start for us but the lads responded fantastically well. The momentum was with us in the second half, we kept on asking questions of Blackpool's defence and I thought we had two or three opportunities to win the game.

"Credit to the lads for their performance over the 90 minutes. It's not to be but we have shown fantastic spirit and character and bits of quality along this three-month period which shows me there are a lot of positives looking forward.

"We had an ear on the other game and one minute it's not going for you, the next minute it is for you.

"I felt that we set out for the win and we continued doing that until the 90th minute. Along the way there were a lot of bumps and rides but that's football.

"That game taught me something in terms of my players, it taught me what action we've got to take over the summer and there's no doubt we will be taking action.

"I want to be leaving behind this season, leaving behind this game and looking forward to an active summer with the possibility of bringing one or two in and having a good pre-season."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company