‘Don’t get carried away’: Freedman delighted with Hull City thrashing, but fires Bolton Wanderers warning

By Sam Ruffe

Despite thrashing Championship high-flyers Hull City today, Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman insists his side will not be getting carried away with themselves.

The match effectively ended as a contest within the first eight minutes as goals from Darren Pratley, Mark Davies and Craig Dawson sent the Reebok faithful into early raptures.

Robbie Brady pulled one back for the Tigers after the restart before Dawson’s second added the gloss, however Freedman still insists the Trotters feet are firmly grounded.

“It is a good result but we don’t get too carried away,” explained the Scot. “Our attitude was good, we created and took our chances and we were on the front foot for the majority of the game.

“We showed throughout the game our character and quality, let’s not forget Hull are currently second in the league so they were high on confidence.

“We worked well as a team both in defence and in attack. We were good box to box and responded well when they score midway through the second half.

“We continue to work hard in training and naturally it is pleasing when everything comes together like it did today.”

Steve Bruce’s side arrived at the Reebok sitting second in Championship table having amassed 23 points more than Bolton.

Yet the disparity between the sides all but vanished within the first two minutes as Pratley athletically headed home Chung-Yong Lee’s sharpe cross from the left flank.

Bolton added their second just three minutes later when the returning Davies rifled a low shot past the outstretched David Stockdale and into the bottom corner.

And the Whites whirlwind-start continued on eight minutes as Dawson nodded home at the near post from Jay Spearing’s in-swinging corner.

A stunned Tigers side grabbed one back on 70 minutes through Brady’s 20-yard free kick which left Adam Bogdan rooted in the Bolton goal.

However it was too little too late as Dawson’s heavily-deflected second capped off a memorable afternoon for the Whites, who are now unbeaten in four Championship games.

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