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Freedman: It Was Very Impressive

29 September 2012

Dougie Freedman was delighted to leave the north west with three deserved points against a team he rates very highly.

"I am delighted for the players as its a fantastic result because they are a very good side and it was very impressive to see how we defended. We have played a team today who I believe will be in the shake up at the end of the season. 

"We rode our luck at times but they are a top quality side and no one should forget that. We were hanging on at times in the second half but I felt that as the game went on we were getting more belief in our attacking players which resulted in one or two opportunities."

Freedman could look back over the game and pinpoint the part of the game where his side earned the victory. 

"Bolton, as good as they are, were always going to be dangerous and we knew we had to concentrate on our game throughout. There was a 20 minute spell in the second half where they were very dangerous but I think that is where we won the game really as we stood up and were strong defensively. This enabled us to grow in confidence going forward and we had to dig in at times but you have to do that against a top side."

A typically congested npower Championship fixture list has seen his side pitted against top rated teams of late but the boss is clear in his mind who is the best.

"This is the most difficult game we have had this season in my opinion, we have played Cardiff, Forest and Middlesbrough but this team we played today are by far the better team in my eyes."

The deciding goal came about with Palace's third penalty in two games, a decision Freedman thought was spot on. 

"It was a penalty, the defender sticks a leg out and Wilfried Zaha goes down so a clear spot kick."

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