Dougie’s sit­ting pretty at last

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Josh Ni­cholls To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

BOLTON boss Dougie Freed­man ad­mits he can rest easy on the bench with his cur­rent crop of play­ers af­ter they ex­tended their un­beaten run to four games with vic­tory over Hud­der­s­field.

Lee Ma­son’s last-gasp strike stole the win for Wan­der­ers in a game where the home side dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but lacked cut­ting edge up­front.

Freed­man ad­mit­ted his side were not at their best but said the re­sult demon­strated his team’s re­cent resur­gence as they have now lost just once in ten matches.

“It il­lus­trates how far we’ve come in the last four months,” said Freed­man. “I’m re­ally re­laxed on the bench.

“I felt the spir­ited, com­mit­ted per­for­mance (and our) great skill in de­fend­ing de­served that re­sult.

“You need spirit, com­mit­ment and de­fen­sive skills in the Cham­pi­onship be­cause you’re not go­ing to al­ways per­form to your high­est level.

“Four months ago maybe we would not have won that game.”

Hud­der­s­field named an un­changed 11 for the third suc­ces­sive match and started brightly with for­mer Wan­der­ers player Danny Ward’s de­flected 20-yard shot go­ing nar­rowly wide in the third minute.

Ward went close again for the Ter­ri­ers in the 11th minute with a vi­cious left-footed shot from just out­side the penalty area that hit the side-netting.

Freed­man felt Hud­der­s­field per­formed well but praised the Trot­ters’ fight­ing qual­i­ties.

“We can go any­where and I can pick a bunch of lads who are or­gan­ised, well-drilled and can over­come very good teams like Hud­der­s­field,” he added.

“It’s a good feel­ing know­ing we’ve got that spirit and com­mit­ment.”

Bolton should have taken the lead af­ter 15 min­utes but Chung-Young Lee struck the post with a side-footed shot in­side the box af­ter get­ting on the end of a low by­line cross from Alan Hut­ton.

Town were then de­nied the open­ing goal in the 24th minute when Os­car Gobern’s loop­ing header from an Adam Ham­mill cor­ner was headed off the line by Jay Spear­ing.

The Ter­ri­ers have now gone seven games with­out a win and their man­ager Mark Robins be­moaned his side’s tooth­less at­tack.

“We cre­ated enough chances to win five games,” he said. “We’ve got to take one of our chances and be more clin­i­cal.

“We are get­ting to that stage where we are dis­ap­pointed with what we’ve pro­duced over the last ten or fif­teen games in terms of re­sults, per­for­mances have been pretty good, but you’ve got to pick re­sults up.

“We need to score a goal and stop con­ced­ing from stupid cor­ners and set-plays.”

Ward wasted an­other chance in the 65th minute when ward he headed a Tommy Smith cross over the bar.

The winger threat­ened again for Town two min­utes later af­ter be­ing played in on goal by Nakhi Wells but Bolton goal­keeper Adam Bog­dan saved Ward’s pow­er­fully struck shot.

Wan­der­ers skip­per Spear­ing again cleared off the line in the 76th minute from Wells.

But sub­sti­tute Ma­son snatched vic­tory for Bolton in the 93rd minute when he lashed home Lee’s cor­ner.

LAST-GASP WIN­NER: Joe Ma­son scores the late win­ner for Bolton

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