Dougie Freedman - Team spirit key in Bury win

Manager praises his side's battling qualities following Capital One Cup extra time win

Dougie Freedman says his side's fighting spirit proved crucial in Wanderers' extra-time victory over Bury.

The Whites netted a late equaliser through substitute Craig Davies, who hammered home a stoppage-time penalty, before fellow substitute Neil Danns wrapped up the win in extra-time.

And Freedman was pleased to see his side dig in and claim the result.

“I never thought we were going out of the competition,” said Freedman. “We recruited well in the summer and have created a bunch of lads that have great spirit and fantastic character. 

“I knew we could still keep on going until the death and that’s what we’ve got. If you looked at our pre-season we kept on going to the end, so it wasn’t a surprise that we did create a late opportunity.

“It was a poor performance in the first half and a few words were exchanged at half time. I felt in the second half we controlled the game and got what we deserved. 

“We deserved at least a draw over the course of the 90 minutes and in extra-time we really showed our quality.” 

The Trotter’s boss continued: “We didn’t give the fans a lot to shout about in the first 45 minutes but they stood right by us and got right behind the team - that’s what I want to create at the football club. 

“It’s always a relief to get that first victory but we’re two games into it. You don’t look too high, you don’t look too low. We’re football managers, we must concentrate on the here and now. We enjoyed it tonight, we deserved to go through and now we look forward to Saturday.”
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