We must be more creative, says Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman after Yeovil draw

Dougie Freedman rued missed chance at Yeovil

Dougie Freedman rued missed chance at Yeovil

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

AFTER watching his side’s Jekyll and Hyde display, Dougie Freedman was left a frustrated man after the final whistle.

The Scot refused to pin the blame specifically on the poor defending that contributed to both of the Glovers’ first-half goals, highlighting problems at the other end of the pitch that had contributed to Wanderers’ downfall.

“They worked us out and got a couple of balls down the sides,” he said. “I don’t know whether I’d call them clearcut chances but they certainly put us under a lot of pressure.

“We dropped deeper and deeper but personally I felt it was the lack of creativity up top that really cost us.

“You can’t just blame the defence – if you are putting the ball up there and you’re not getting enough shots or crosses then it will just keep coming back and that is when you get caught out.

“Second half we had a lot more ball up top, held on to it better and created more chances. They had to hit us on the counter attack.”

Freedman ordered his side to play “more direct” in the second half, reaping the dividends, and the Whites boss admits the improvement gives him food for thought heading into two local derbies against Blackpool and Wigan at home this week.

“I’m looking forward to these games at the Reebok where I think our performances have been good,” he said.

“I think we need some results. Sometimes we’ve had to sacrifice performances to try to get results and I think there was a bit of that in the second half. “We had to play in a certain way to try to carve out opportunities, and I think it helped us get a result.

“That was more like us. That’s what we need to be doing more regularly.”

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