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Freedman hails Trotter's effort

13 January 2013

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman was pleased with his team's fighting spirit as the Trotters drew 1-1 against Millwall.

Wanderers went behind in the ninth minute after Andy Keogh won a penalty and delicately placed the ball past Adam Bogdan, but Keith Andrews managed to equalise from another spot-kick later in the first half after Chung-Yong Lee was brought down in the box.

The Trotters were then on the front foot in the second half but failed to take the lead although Freedman was happy with how his men performed.

Freedman said: "The players showed tremendous effort throughout that performance and that was the most pleasing thing for me. If I have any criticisms we were a bit wasteful and our decision making wasn't good enough.

"I think when the goal went against us made us up the tempo and I felt in the second half we gave everything we had. Should we have got them towards the end? Possibly through our attacking and opportunities but it wasn't to be today."

Lions manager Kenny Jackett was pleased his side managed to gain a point to keep in the promotion hunt.

He said: "We had a bit of a threat on the break but overall we have got four points out of six against Bolton which is great against a team that have come down from the Premier League.

"The first half we played well and caused Bolton problems. In the second half it was a rear-guard action from us and we defended well for long periods. In terms of the table and where it leaves us we are still in there with a shout."

It was also Republic of Ireland international Keogh's first game since he broke his toe and Jackett was delighted with his return and he was also impressed with debutant Martyn Woolford's performance.

He said "I think Andy is a key player for us and I thought he played very well today. Him and Danny N'Guessan up front gives us a lot of pace on the counter, which you need to take advantage of when you play a team which try to get on top of you like Bolton do."

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