Dougie Freedman says his side’s ‘inconsistent’ performance ultimately proved Wanderers’ undoing against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.
Mamady Sidibe’s first-half header proved decisive on a wet and frustrating afternoon for Bolton.
Speaking in his post-match press conference Freedman said: “Sheffield Wednesday were very well organised. They made things difficult for us, but we didn’t put enough pressure on them. We needed a higher line to do that.
“As a result of this, that meant they had a lot more possession and were able to cause us problems.
“Defensively we struggled at times in the first half, but we addressed those problems after the restart.
“In the second half I thought we gave it a real good go. We upped the tempo, passed the ball well and showed lots of desire to get forward. I felt we were unfortunate not to get a goal.
“Overall we weren’t consistent over the full 90 minutes.
“January is coming up and we’ll be looking to strengthen in key positions. I know from experience how this difficult this division is, the hustle and bustle of it, and the demands placed on a squad.
“The players have shown me they have the quality. I feel if we are able to add experience it will improve our squad.”