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Disappointed Dougie Freedman left frustrated by Huddersfield Town draw, but full of praise for players and fans

By Sam Ruffe

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman felt his side were unlucky after they failed to seal an away win against Huddersfield Town.

Following Zat Knight’s own goal, second half strikes from Mark Davies and Chris Eagles looked to have sealed the win, until James Vaughan’s late effort made it honours even.

And the Scot – who’s team have squandered 19 Championship points from winning positions this season – was disappointed for both the players and the travelling fans.

“When you add up the opportunities we created, the missed penalty and the way we played, it was unfortunate that we didn’t secure the three points,” he said.

“I thought we had good shape around us. I thought we defended well and attacked with the right amount of numbers, created opportunities and were unlucky not to come away with the win.

“I think we showed the fans exactly how football should be played. I am disappointed for the players and the amazing travelling support we had.”

Bolton started brightly but found themselves behind early as Oliver Norwood’s corner came off Knight to ricochet past Adam Bogdan.

The Whites drew level in the second-half as fine work by Eagles and Chung-Yong Lee found Davies in the box and the midfielder calmly slotted home.

Bolton were awarded a penalty soon after as Sam Ricketts was bundled over in the box, however Eagles spot kick was superbly saved by Alex Smithies.

But minutes later the number seven made up for the miss as his drive found the back of Smithies net following Davies’ neat flick.

Freedman’s men failed to hold on as Vaughan’s late strike shared the points, however the Bolton boss was happy with his side’s positive display.

“I think if we continue to play that way, we can move up the table,” he said.

“I just feel that if we keep on playing like that and we work on getting over the line and seeing out these games we are not far from putting a decent run of results together.”

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