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Freedman proud of Bolton’s fight against Sunderland

Sunderland's Connor Wickham battles Bolton defender Sam Ricketts

Sunderland's Connor Wickham battles Bolton defender Sam Ricketts

DOUGIE Freedman refused to be down-hearted by Bolton’s failure to overcome Sunderland after taking a two-goal lead yesterday, writes Graeme Anderson.

The Wanderers led in the 12th minute through Chung-Yong Lee and extended their advantage in the 48th thanks to Marvin Sordell.

But the Bolton boss was philosophical about Connor Wickham and Craig Gardner rallying Sunderland to earning the Premier League side the draw.

He shrugged: “From a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2, would I say I’m disappointed?

“Well, yeah, maybe I would about that one facet of the game.

“But overall I’m thrilled with it because we showed great commitment and desire to defend for our lives, to stay in the game in that second-half.

“Even though Sunderland came back to get a draw I could be pleased that they did not win.”

While Bolton took full advantage of Sunderland’s sloppiness in the first half, Freedman also said his side deserved praise for hanging on to the Black Cats’ coat-tails in the second.

“It was a game of two halves because I thought we pretty much controlled the first half and played the style of football I want us to play.

“But even though Sunderland could have got out of sight in the second half, I was pleased with the way we defended for our lives because, let’s face it, that’s an important part of the game too.

“I thought we showed good quality right up until pretty much the hour mark, matching up to a Premier League side and I’m very pleased with that.”

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