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Dougie Freedman pleased with Bolton Wanderers effort, but admits cautious approach with Marvin Sordell

By Sam Ruffe

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman believes his ‘tremendous’ Trotters were unlucky not to take all three points after they came from behind to draw against Millwall.

Keith Andrews’ 32nd minute penalty drew the Whites level after Andy Keogh’s spot kick gave Kenny Jackett’s men the lead on nine minutes.

The Trotters pressed hard for a late winner – however, the Lions’ resolute defense withstood the Bolton barrage and Freedman said his side were unfortunate not take the win.

“The lads showed tremendous effort and determination and that was very pleasing,” explained Freedman.

“We worked hard across the pitch and were quick to close down. We gave Millwall very little space and looked a real threat going forward.

“When they scored the first goal we upped the tempo and went right at them. We then made some changes to try and keep the tempo going in the second half and I felt we deserved to probably win the game.”

Bolton welcomed Millwall to the Reebok looking to make up for a fiendish festive period that saw them take just three of a possible 12 points.

However the Whites were behind early as Keogh was up-ended in the Trotters’ box by Zat Knight, and the former Wolves striker neatly dispatched the resulting spot kick.

Bolton were awarded their own penalty shortly before the break as ex-Wanderer Danny Shittu brought down Chung-Yong Lee and Andrews sent David Forde the wrong way to draw level.

The home side came close to snatching the spoils in the second half as David N’Gog fired just over the bar before Kevin Davies had a header cleared off the line.

Meanwhile, Freedman admitted he was debating to use striker Marvin Sordell after highlighting his recent social media problems and homesickness.

The £3million former Watford man was also the subject of abuse from Millwall fans throughout, but Freedman insisted that did not affect his thinking.

“It was difficult one to use Marvin,” said Freedman.

“He’s a young guy who has moved up from London and he’s still settling in. He’s been in a low and unfit place, and now he’s in a better place.

“The way the game was panning out for the last 15 minutes, he could turn it for us, and he nearly did that.

I’ll read from his tweeting how he felt from the support of the home fans. Seriously, I have spoken to him – he’s a nice guy and we’re in a place now.

“I wasn’t worried about the stick off the Millwall fans – I was more worried about him being ready to play mentally. It wasn’t even in my thoughts if it was against Millwall or not.”

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