Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 8:41am

Eagles' reception leaves Dougie Freedman proud after Bolton Wanderers grab Crystal Palace draw

Eagles' reception leaves Dougie Freedman proud after Bolton Wanderers grab Crystal Palace draw

By John McDougall

Dougie Freedman insisted he still holds former club Crystal Palace close to his heart following Bolton Wanderers’ goalless draw with the Eagles at Selhurst Park.

Despite chances for both Darren Pratley and Kevin Davies either side of half-time, the Trotters left south London with a point in the bag. 

Following the largely good reception from the Palace faithful on his return, Trotters boss Freedman admitted he still thinks highly of the club he left for Bolton last October.

“I thought it was a fantastic reception and it certainly made me very proud,” said Freedman, who intimated to reporters he felt more wanted at Bolton than at Palace.

“I’ve worked for this club for a long, long time and it is very close to my heart.

“I had some wonderful times here and they will never be taken away from me.”

Bolton’s second successive league draw leaves them in 16th position in the Championship, eight points above the relegation zone.

The Trotters could have taken a first-half lead but Pratley headed just wide from Tyrone Mears’ 29th minute cross.

Bolton skipper Davies failed to connect with Chung-Yong Lee’s 58th minute cross, while Palace responded when Wilfred Zaha hit the post six minutes later. 

And after securing a point against the high flying Eagles, Freedman was satisfied with the performance of players, especially after surviving a late surge from Palace.

“I enjoyed the game, we had plan and stuck to it and played some terrific football,” said Freedman.

“We worked very hard for it and it’s full credit for the lads on the training ground.

“Towards the end Palace got their widemen in the game but I'm satisfied with the performance. I felt it was a fair result and I'm satisfied with a point.” 

Image courtesy of Bolton Wanderers, with thanks.

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