Dougie Freedman says his side showed character and determination to snatch a late point against Brighton at the Amex, as the Bolton boss extended his unbeaten run to five games.
David Ngog’s injury-time strike cancelled out Bruno Saltor’s second-half goal, after Adam Bogdan had earlier saved Ashley Barnes’ 13th-minute penalty.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Freedman said: “I am not going to say that it was a fantastic performance by us. I am not even going to say that we deserve a draw – we underperformed. But, when you have characters in the dressing room that keep on going, it is never over.
“I have seen Brighton many times and that is the best I have ever seen them play.
“They will be disappointed not to have taken the points, but then that is down to us and our desire to compete and get a goal.
“It was a wonderful performance by them, but we dug in, had a never-say-die attitude and were backed by the 1,200 fans who made the long journey. We kept going and showed great mental strength.
“We are unbeaten in five now, but I have come here to win football matches and take us forward. I know the quality that we have in the dressing room, but today showed me that we have character and determination and that we don’t give up.
“We have a good group who want to do well for each other and the club. We will stick together and keep on going. Sure, there will be a few knocks along the way, ups and downs, but I am here to make them play better. We know what we want to achieve.
“It’s a quick turn around for our next game away at Blackburn. It's another derby match and I am looking forward to that. We will have more than 2,000 fans backing us there and I really appreciate the support that we’re getting on our travels.”