MANAGERS’ REACTION: McCarthy delighted with point at Bolton after ‘worst away performance of season’

Bolton v Ipswich: Blues boss Mick McCarthy was pleased that his side left Bolton with a 1-1 draw after their ‘worst away performance of the season’.

The Blues fell behind to a Medo free-kick in the 64th minute, but levelled things up seven minutes later through a crisp David McGoldrick strike.

It was a result which leaves Bolton still without a home win after seven league games at The Reebok Stadium this season, while Town still haven’t won away in the league after the number of attempts.

“Yeah, I’m delighted with the point because that’s probably, possibly, our worst performance away from home actually,” said McCarthy.

“The game wasn’t particularly good. I’ve used the words awful, dour and dire in different interviews and that’s probably what it was. But we’re away from home, we’re 1-0 down and we get a point. I’ve got to be delighted with that.”

On Ryan Tunnicliffe’s gilt-edged chance in the first-half, keeper Andy Lonergan saving an effort from less than six yards out, the Blues boss said: “We had the best chance (of the first half) certainly, but give the keeper a bit of credit because it’s a magnificent save. Tunners puts it straight back on target, you think he should score, but the keeper does make a terrific save.

“I thought our back four were terrific against Burnley’s (Danny) Ings and (Sam) Vokes last week and they were terrific again today against some really tough opponents. I thought they were great against players who are prepared to run in behind and who are a handful.”

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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman said: “We were very dogged today, we showed organisation, we showed commitment, we had enough chances to win the game, we get ourselves 1-0 up but we’ve let ourselves down again because we concede to quickly. That’s no acceptable.

“All-in-all you have to be disappointed with the result having been 1-0 up and looking quite strong and determined.”

On the boos which greeted the result, he added: “I’m very comfortable with that. Football fans pay good money these days and I’ve asked them in the past not to boo during a game and get behind the side. They’ve done that today throughout the match, but at the end they are entitled to show their frustrations.”