Dougie Freedman lauds ‘determined’ Bolton Wanderers after Blackburn Rovers victory extends unbeaten run

By Sam Ruffe

Belief and momentum are the key to Bolton Wanderers’ unbeaten run, says boss Dougie Freedman, after they defeated Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers.

Chris Eagles’ stoppage-time strike extended the Trotters’ Championship winning streak to four games – something they haven’t done since December 2006.

The victory keeps Bolton within five points of a coveted play-off spot and Freedman was keen to praise his players’ discipline following their hard-fought victory.

“It was a very difficult derby game,” said Freedman.

“They worked very hard in terms of closing the ball down but we have got a certain belief and certain momentum with us right now and that carried us through right to the final whistle. 

“Our defence tonight was outstanding, Andy Lonergan came in and did well, the players stuck to their responsibilities literally to the last second and they kept on going.

“It was all about the team effort tonight and having to make sure when we got our chance we were clinical.” 

The Whites will now prepare for a tough away test against fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton – who sit five points adrift in sixth place.

Victory against the Seagulls would further solidify Bolton’s chances of reaching the play-offs and could keep hopes of an unlikely Premier League return alive.  

Yet despite going seven Championship games unbeaten, Freedman will not be letting his in-form side take their foot off the gas.

“We are back in training tomorrow first thing,” explained the Scot. “The key to our results has been our attention to detail and hard work. 

“We have a tough challenge against Brighton but we are in a good run of form at the moment and we will be looking to continue that.”

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