Macron Stadium

Next Game

Bolton v Blackpool

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 1 - 1 Bolton

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Freedman admits Bolton fears

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman stated he needed stronger characters after the home side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Reebok Stadium.

Last Updated: 09/02/14 at 12:08 Post Comment

Dougie Freedman: Feeling pressure after wasting lead

Dougie Freedman: Feeling pressure after wasting lead

More of the games that matter

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

Lee Chung-Yong opened the scoring for the Trotters before Lukas Jutkiewicz's magnificent strike from long range in the 32nd minute saw them double their lead in the Sky Bet Championship tussle.

But Lewis Grabban was quick to respond, with an equally splendid strike, before Simon Francis headed in the second for the Cherries to secure a deserved point.

Freedman said: "I think there are long-term scars at the football club with certain players here and I think we need to try and shake them off and move on.

"We need stronger characters. It's a setback but it's not the end of the world.

"I picked a very attacking team and I thought in the first 35 minutes we were value for money and two-nil up.

"But when any setback comes our way it affects us big style and that's what happened today.

"In the second half Bournemouth were the better team and we rallied in the last 10 minutes and gave it a go. But I was disappointed because when you're two-nil up at home you should be holding onto that lead."

Freedman admitted that bringing players in would not be easy, though, with Bolton heavily in debt.

He added: "It's difficult right now and the board and I know exactly where we are right now. I wouldn't say there's a lack of funds but I wouldn't say that there are funds to go out there and improve us drastically.

"We've got to try and work with what we've got and maybe get one or two players in the loan market."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believed that his side should have won the game.

Howe said: "I felt we deserved to win. I was disappointed that we didn't take all three points.

"It's mixed emotions for me because when you're two-nil down you're delighted to come back and get anything. But for the majority of the game I think we passed the ball better than Bolton, dominated possession and had more chances so it was a strange game."

"We felt that if we could get the first goal we'd have a really good chance of winning the game. Thankfully from going two goals down we responded really well."

Howe also suggested his team have grown as the season has gone on.

He said: "We took a couple of heavy beatings early on in the season and didn't respond well to chasing games.

"I think that we've learnt from that. I think we are a better side now and we showed good maturity today not to panic and try and chase the game early.

"We made good decisions with the ball and once we believed in how good we can be, then I think you saw a really good Bournemouth performance."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

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