Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman takes heart from Derby draw despite another lead squandered

By Sam Ruffe            

Dougie Freedman insisted there were plenty of positives in Bolton Wanderers’ performance at Derby County last night despite squandering another lead to share the spoils.

The Whites were in front on the stroke of half-time through Richard Keogh’s own goal but Jamie Ward’s late header snatched a point for the hosts.

Bolton have now dropped an unmatched 26 Championship points from winning positions, but despite this Freedman found no issue with his side’s performance against the Rams.

“I thought we dealt with their threats well and caused problems of our own,” said the Scot. “We played with two strikers and attacked from there.

“The game-plan worked for us. I wasn’t prepared to sit back tonight because we wanted to win. I wanted the game to be open and attacking so we could exploit their weaknesses.

“The encouraging thing is that we are going to these difficult grounds and taking the lead. We’ve got to grind away and look to get a couple of wins on the bounce.”

Freedman made four changes from the Trotters’ 1-1 draw against Derby’s East Midlands neighbours Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Craig Davies made his first start after scoring against Forest and Burnley respectively while Sam Ricketts came in for the suspended Marcos Alonso.

David Ngog and Chris Eagles also started after coming off the bench at the weekend.

The first half provided few chances for either side, however the visitors broke the deadlock as Jay Spearing’s in-swinging free kick grazed Keogh’s knee and beat Adam Legzdins.

Bolton looked to have secured just their second league victory in 2013 only for Ward to arrive unnoticed at the back post to head Michael Jacobs’ delivery past Adam Bogdan.

The Trotters are undefeated in their last three games but Freedman believes his side are capable of better.

“We’re of course disappointed not to have won the game, but I feel it was a fair result,” he explained.

“We’re undefeated in three and certainly tonight, and at Nottingham Forest, we could have won the game.

“There’s more in us. People might think this is a good result for Bolton, but it’s not quite good enough for me.”

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