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Appleton aggravates Bolton Wanderers but Dougie Freedman takes positives from ‘well-earned’ draw

By Sam Ruffe

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman was left frustrated after seeing his side pegged back twice against Championship rivals Blackpool, but admitted a draw was the right result.

Goals from Blackpool’s Tom Ince and Nathan Delfouneso cancelled out strikes from Mark Davies and Chung-Yong Lee as Freedman saw his unbeaten run stretch to three games.

And the Scotsman – who celebrated as Kevin Davies reached 600 games for the club – said he enjoyed the Bloomfield Road encounter but was left a little frustrated with the result.

“It was a fantastic game of football, between two teams who wanted to win,” he said. “I thought we played some fantastic stuff attacking-wise and defended quite well.

“We were in the lead twice and it was disappointing to concede, but over the 90 minutes, I felt a draw was a fair result.

“They never really cut us open that much so it was very pleasing from that aspect, and to get a couple of goals is also pleasing.”

Wanderers opened the scoring on 16 minutes after Blackpool captain Alex Baptiste slipped whilst clearing, allowing Davies to coolly slot the ball past Matt Gilks.

But the home side – who recently appointed new boss Michael Appleton – replied within two minutes as Ince unleashed a thunderbolt past Adam Bogdan.

But with 20 minutes left Bolton looked in sight of their first win at Blackpool’s ground since 1977 after substitute Lee latched on to Davies cross to tap in from close range.

However the home side yet again clawed their way back as Delfouneso calmly side footed the ball home after a goal-mouth scramble to make it honours even on the day.

In the final frenzied minutes Bolton pushed hard for a winner but could not break down the resolute Blackpool defence.

However the result and continued unbeaten run left Freedman looking at the positives after the final whistle.

He said: “I’ve been working with the players for two weeks now and they’re beginning to show me that they are responding to how I want to set them out. 

“We now have a good run of time without a midweek game and will continue our good work.” 

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