Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Dougie Freedman Hails Adam Bogdan's One Man Show

Adam Bogdan
Dougie Freedman watched Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan single-handedly keep Leicester at bay and beamed: “He was fantastic.”

Bogdan produced a string of stunning stops to frustrate the Foxes in this 0-0 draw and ensure Freedman remained unbeaten as the Reebok boss.

The Hungarian's top class display papered over the cracks as the Trotters talented squad misfired once again.

But Freedman finished the night convinced the clean sheet was a sign his new regime has kicked off in the right way.

He said: “Adam made some wonderful saves. He was fantastic for us.

“Our defence was something I looked at over the last 14 months and it needed to be attended to and I saw players that wanted to attend to it.”

Bolton had little choice but to concentrate on their defending. They were battered by Leicester for much of the match.

The barrage began in the third minute with Bogdan batting away a Dave Nugent drive.

It was a sign of things to come. Danny Drinkwater was next to test him with a drive from the edge of the box.

And Bogdan made it a hat-trick of superb stops by tipping away Martyn Waghorn's effort as it curled towards the top corner.

When the Trotters did get on the ball, their direct approach gifted Leicester possession too easily and left them desperately back-pedalling once more.

In the 36th minute, Leicester's Richie de Laet charged down the right and dipped a shot onto the top of Bodgan's bar.

Bolton were living off scraps, although Chung-Yung Lee did well to create an opening for himself just before the break, only to find Kasper Schmeichel in top form.

The home side did have a 15 minute spell of pressure at the start of the second period and twice Schmeichel was in action, blocking an Eagles shot and touching away Kevin Davies' header.

He then got down to lay a glove on Mark Davies' low drive before Bolton called on Bogdan to be their saviour once more.

It was his show stopper, as he kept out an Anthony Knockaert piledriver with ten minutes, that proved crucial – earning his side a point.

Leicester's assistant boss Craig Shakespeare said: “Their keeper kept them in the game at times.

“We we were excellent. After losing our last two games, people were asking questions and we responded in the right way.”

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