BOO BOYS COME OUT FOR DOUGIE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Colin Hen­rys

ACHO­RUS of boos rang out as tooth­less Bolton were held at home to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day – but boss Dougie Freed­man vowed that his team have the fight to climb the league.

Wan­der­ers’ first clean sheet of the sea­son failed to calm the frus­tra­tions of the home support, with Freed­man ad­mit­ting he can un­der­stand their re­ac­tion.

But after bag­ging just their sec­ond point of the sea­son, de­spite miss­ing a hand­ful of play­ers through in­jury, Freed­man be­lieves a first league win of the cam­paign is just around the cor­ner.

“I thought the per­for­mance was good,” he said. “I felt we were very brave on the ball and I thought we passed it well.

“Did we do enough to win the game? Prob­a­bly not on chances, but we didn’t de­serve to lose against a team who are very good away from home.

“I can un­der­stand the fans’ re­ac­tion. They are boo­ing the whole sit­u­a­tion, they want it to change, they want to buy strik­ers and so on. I com­pletely un­der­stand but I’ve got to work in the real world.

“I’m try­ing to fo­cus on build­ing a team with a good spirit. I’ve been putting pres­sure on my­self more than any­body, I want to be up that league.

“We will win games, but it’s when we win that’s key and I don’t think we’re far away.”

The Owls had the ball in the net on 20 min­utes, through Ste­vie May, but ref­eree Andy Haines had al­ready blown up for a foul by At­dhe Nuhiu.

Con­fu­sion in the Bolton de­fence then gifted Chris Maguire an op­por­tu­nity three min­utes later but Matthew Mills got back to block well on the line be­fore Maguire fired wide from the re­bound.

Bolton gifted Wed­nes­day another chance on the stroke of half-time, Nuhiu an­tic­i­pat­ing Tim Ream’s poor header back, but Andy Lon­er­gan was out quick to keep him out.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to look the more likely to score after the break, and Joe Mat­tock’s div­ing header bounced just over on 50 min­utes from Maguire’s cor­ner.

Jac­ques Maghoma then caught Owen Gar­van in pos­ses­sion on 63 min­utes, feed­ing Nuhiu, but the striker’s shot was beaten clear by Lon­er­gan.

May cut inside on 72 min­utes when Dar­ren Prat­ley gave the ball away, but his low, right­footed shot from dis­tance went wide.

The same player was in­volved again on 89 min­utes, his 19-yard free-kick beat­ing the wall but pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able save for Lon­er­gan.

Wed­nes­day nearly snatched a win as stop­page time ap­proached but Lon­er­gan was equal to Liam Palmer’s cross-shot and Lees’ header, from the re­sult- ing cor­ner, was blocked on the line by Dean Moxey.

And sub­sti­tute Roys­ton Dren­the blazed over on the stroke of full-time, when he found space in the area, to leave boss Stu­art Gray be­moan­ing his side’s lack of com­po­sure in front of goal.

“I thought we to­tally dom­i­nated the game,” he said.“We def­i­nitely need to be a bit more ruth­less. They had a cou­ple of breaks, with shots blocked on the line, but I’m dis­ap­pointed we’ve dropped two points.

“What you want is your boys to do what they get paid for – your mid­field­ers and your strik­ers to pop the ball in the net. I just can’t be­lieve I’m talk­ing about a nil-nil game.

“You need a bit of calm­ness, we were snatch­ing at chances. We’re try­ing to smash it in where top play­ers just roll it into the net.

“The clean sheet is no con­so­la­tion at this mo­ment in time, be­cause I just have those chances flash­ing through my head.

“It was such a one-sided game, we just need to be more ruth­less.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

TUSSLE: Bolton’s Liam Feeney, right, bat­tles with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Chris Maguire. In­set: Dougie Freed­man shows his frus­tra­tion

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