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Lee strike delights Freedman

30 December 2012

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman hailed Chung-Yong Lee's wonder goal as Wanderers came from behind to beat Birmingham 3-1 at the Reebok.

Lee's magnificent solo effort completed the turnaround for Bolton after imposing Serbia international Nikola Zigic - who was later sent off deep into the second half after two bookings in a minute - headed City into an early lead, cancelled out by Marcus Alonso's header. Keith Andrews also scored from the spot.

But it was Lee's effort that caught Freedman's eye, and he said: "It was a wonderful goal from a wonderful player and he deserves all the credit he gets because he had a horrible injury and he's worked so hard to get back from it."

The win comes after Bolton suffered back-to-back defeats to Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday and Freedman was delighted that his team got back on track.

He said: "Today we put everything together and to do it in front of the home fans is all the more pleasing. We targeted the midfield as an area where we could dominate the game today and we certainly did that throughout. We moved the ball around well and to get the win was great for everyone."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark was angry with the way in which his side played in their defeat, which ended a three-match unbeaten run and dropped them to 20th in the table.

He was particularly upset with the way in which his senior players performed, although he did praise the younger talent which he has at the club.

"We didn't play well at all. It was our most inept performance for many weeks," said Clark. "We allowed (Jay) Spearing and Andrews to dictate the game, which was what we had planned not to let them do.

"I heard a few rumblings from our supporters that we should be playing four-four-two, but (after Zigic was sent off) we now don't even have a fit or available striker for the next match, so how are we meant to do that?

"I'm absolutely furious with that performance today and I'll be working hard to address it."

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