Freedman - Could have won it

Manager offers his thoughts following Wanderers' stalemate at The Valley

Dougie Freedman says that on another day his Bolton side could have taken all three points against Charlton Athletic.

In a game played on a difficult playing surface, Wanderers came closest to breaking the deadlock at The Valley when Matt Mills’ second half header was cleared off the line by Diego Poyet.

In the end, the Whites had to settle for a share of the spoils as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.

Speaking in his post-match media conference, the manager said: “I felt that we defended very well today and limited Charlton to very few opportunities.

“We lost Medo Kamara with a stomach bug before the game, while Andre Moritz also tweaked his hamstring in training. We were also without Mark Davies, so we had to make some late decisions.

“We continued to push forward and had one opportunity cleared off the line, but even after that I felt that we still looked the more likely side to go on and win the game.”

With the Whites coming up against a Charlton side hovering above the Championship relegation zone, Freedman praised his players for their determined attitude in what proved to be a testing game against a side fighting for their place in the league. 

“We’ve come up against a side this afternoon who are scrapping and fighting for everything for their manager.”

He continued: “Overall our performance was very resilient and dogged, in particular during the second half.

“We edged the game in terms of opportunities but unlike us of late, we failed to take the goalscoring opportunities.

“We go home with a point knowing that on another day we could have taken all three.”
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