Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman lauded his side heart after they came from behind to earn three derby-day points against Burnley today.
Second half substitutes Craig Davies and David N’Gog secured the spoils for the Trotters after David Edgar put the Clarets ahead shortly after the break.
The result is Bolton’s first Championship success of 2013 and Freedman insist his side’s character and determination was the catalyst for the much-needed victory.
“We had to dig deep. We did that and we deserved the win,” he said.
“It was a good team effort today. We stuck at it and were very determined to get the result. We performed fantastically well, and over the last four or five matches we have been very unlucky with the results.
“Today we created some good chances and were disappointed to go behind. We stuck at it, showed good character and kept our momentum up.”
Bolton welcomed their Lancashire neighbours to the Reebok Stadium looking to finally kick-start their New Years campaign.
On-loan defender Craig Dawson almost opened the scoring with a close range header on 29 minutes before former Claret Chris Eagles drove into the box only to drag his shot wide.
The home side started the second period brightly but found themselves behind on 55 minutes when Edgar nodded past Adam Bogdan from Chris McCann’s cross.
The goal caused an immediate – if slightly unpopular – reaction from the Bolton bench as Davies and N’Gog were both introduced.
However the substitution paid dividends shortly afterwards, as former Barnsley striker Davies glanced the ball home off the inside of the bar from Chung-Yong Lee’s cross.
Not to be out done by his fellow substitute, N’Gog crept in front of fullback Danny Lafferty and slotted home to secure all three points.
And although his side sit just three points above the relegation zone, Freedman is convinced his Trotters have what it takes to avoid the drop.
“The route to success I believe is to continue to work hard and prepare the best we can.
“This is a group of players that have got the bit between their teeth. The way we have played over the last three games shows that and I believe that we will continue to get better.”
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