Dougie Freedman praised a professional and assured performance, as Bolton booked their place in the second round of the Capital One Cup following a 3-1 win at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening.
Youngster Sanmi Odelusi was the star of the show, netting a brace on his first competitive start for the club in front of 640 travelling Bolton fans.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Freedman said: “We were thoroughly professional in our approach. There’s always danger when you’re facing sides in a lower division in competitions such as this – everyone is looking for an upset.
“I felt that our quality in the final third was the difference tonight.
“The home side flew out of the traps as we expected them to, so we had to make sure that we were right on it tonight.
“Whilst Shrewsbury caused a few problems, I never really felt that we were under any real sustained pressure.
“Young Sanmi Odelusi has worked very hard with Jamie Fullarton in the development setup since I have been at this football club. I felt that he deserved his chance this evening and he’s taken his opportunity.
“We’re looking to play more through the middle at times and that’s part of the reasoning for switching our wingers around from time to time.
“I feel that having the two midfielders in front of our back four allows our attacking players a bit more freedom. That was certainly evident this evening.
“Overall, from a coach’s point of view tonight was very satisfying.”