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Dougie Freedman is adamant his Bolton team's first victory is just around the corner despite seeing their winless start to the season extend in to double figures, while Alex Rae thought a draw was a fair result.

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Dougie Freedman: Watched Bolton play out a draw

Dougie Freedman: Watched Bolton play out a draw

The Trotters remain one of just two Sky Bet Championship clubs yet to pick up three points this term but they clawed closer to moving out of the bottom three with a 0-0 draw at Blackpool.

It could, and perhaps should, have been more as striker Jermaine Beckford was twice denied, first by the post and then by goalkeeper Matt Gilks' fine one-handed stop in the second half.

Freedman's men had only picked up a solitary point in their four games on the road prior to the Bloomfield Road trip and Bolton's performance on the coast left their manager with plenty of encouragement.

"I think it's very close," Freedman said of when his side's first league win would come.

"We're an inch away. If you know anything about football and have seen us the last three or four games you'll have seen we're very close. We're a good team; we've not got off to a good start but we won't lie down. I refuse to be in this position as the manager of this great club."

A cagey affair was expected given the visitors were desperate to end their slump and the Seasiders were themselves winless in three, but it was a contest which Freedman felt his side edged.

He added: "We're playing against a team, Blackpool, who are riding high, full of confidence and at home very hard to beat. They're playing against my team who are not at their most confident but they showed great desire and I thought we were the better team."

For the second time in five days Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae conceded a point was a fair result in a contest which ebbed and flowed just like last Friday's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

"I think it was a hard-fought encounter," said Rae. "We didn't really create a great deal, we had the chance at the death and (Stephen) Dobbie nearly wriggled his way through the defence, we nearly scored from our set plays, but apart from that we didn't create too many clear-cut chances.

"The pleasing aspect from our point of view is a clean sheet, we conceded too many goals in the last couple of games so from that point of view we're happy and we move on to the next game."

In the build-up to the contest Seasiders boss Paul Ince claimed Bolton's league position was not a reflection of the quality in Freedman's ranks.

And, after the likes of David Ngog and Chris Eagles were dropped to the bench, Rae concurred with Ince's statement.

He added: "You just look at the bench and some of the boys they've got there cost a lot of money and are on big salaries. We knew throughout the squad they had quality and we do believe they're in a false position so we knew it wasn't going to be easy. We knew they were a force to be reckoned with."

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