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Freedman talks up play-off push

7 April 2013

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman urged his side to get over the finishing line after the Trotters continued their late play-off push with a 2-0 win over Wolves at the Reebok Stadium.

The hosts got off to a flying start, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes through David Ngog and Marcos Alonso. With his team now just two points off the npower Championship play-offs, Freedman believes his players are more than capable of squeezing into the top six.

"There are a few games to go and we will try to get over the finishing line," he said. "We started the game so well and in the first 30 minutes we expressed the talent that we've got and, if we'd have been better at finishing, we would have been four or five up.

"In the second half you then saw a very organised team who could hold out for the win, which is something we weren't at the start of the season. I think that teams and even fans of other teams are looking at us as a club facing the right direction and getting better.

"The problem for us is that the games are running out, but you can tell by today that we're going somewhere as a team and that we are more than capable of making that final push."

Wolves manager Dean Saunders was disappointed by the way his players started the game. The visitors headed into the match on the back of three straight wins but, after the defeat, they stayed only one point clear of the relegation zone - level on points with fellow strugglers Huddersfield ahead of their game at Molineux.

But Saunders remained optimistic over his side's chances of avoiding the drop, saying: "We started flat and that's something that we haven't been doing since I've been here.

"Do I think we deserved something out of the game? Not really. We gave ourselves too much to in the first 20 minutes and our keeper (Dorus De Vries) made two or three cracking saves to keep us in the game. Sometimes emotionally and mentally the Championship is so demanding and that was what was wrong with us.

"I changed it after 20 minutes just to keep us in it and Kevin Doyle and Adam Hammill missed two great chances. But they've got very good players and are a top team in good form and we've bumped into them at a bad time.

"All in all we've got to take the positives out of it because at least we never crumbled and, after Huddersfield drew, we've got a chance to do them serious damage if we beat them next week."

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