Bogdan wants Whites to plug defensive gaps against Rovers

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , sports writer

WANDERERS stopper Adam Bogdan was pleased his man-of-the-match display at Brighton helped preserve new boss Dougie Freedman’s unbeaten run – but hopes to be far less busy at Blackburn tomorrow night.

Like any goalkeeper, the young Hungarian is proud to play his part but admits he would gladly step out of the limelight if it meant the team as a whole were less obliging with goalscoring chances for the opposition.

At least the Whites can take heart that they withstood the Brighton pressure to grab a stoppage-time leveller, and Bogdan believes that will see them make the trip to Ewood Park on a high.

The keeper said: “Brighton created plenty of chances and we got a bit lucky earlier in the game – but I think we have to look inside us and correct our mistakes and try to be more stable and not let the opposition create so many opportunities.

“They created too many chances against us and I think we have to do better to avoid these chances, but we were able to end the game on a positive note and we now move forward.

“Overall, I think it was a great comeback, to seal a point was a positive end.

“Now the game has finished we can take the positives from it, especially with a last-minute goal and now we have to go to Blackburn and perform and, hopefully, we can take some points from that game.”

Bogdan certainly earned his corn at the Amex Stadium with a string of fine saves including his first penalty stop of the campaign at the sixth attempt.

The 25-year-old was relieved as much as anything after those five successes against him in matches against Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Bristol City – the first four in consecutive matches.

But the man who also conceded from 12 yards in the final match of last season at Stoke, is at a loss to explain why it took so long to keep one out.

He said: “I am pleased with my performance personally, and it was actually a good time to save a penalty after the last six.

“It is definitely a relief to save one – I couldn’t think why I couldn’t save one this season. It was unbelievable. Sometimes you get them, and the odds were with me.

“You try to figure out what he is thinking and which way he is going to go and I managed to choose the right way. That kept us in the game and probably gave us a little bit of a lift.”

Bogdan’s performance will certainly boost his own confidence ahead of tomorrow’s Lancashire derby clash.

It is not just the man himself who believes he is finding good form of late.

Loan defender Stephen Warnock has also been impressed with the youngster between the sticks behind him.

Warnock added: “It’s everything that we know he’s capable of doing. We see him every day. He’s getting more confidence now, which is great.

“The penalty save he made was brilliant and there were a few others as well. They were so important. He’s a different character when he steps on the pitch than he is off it, and that’s the same with a lot of footballers.

“He’s a bit shy but very well received within the changing room and one of the nicest guys – when I first came here he was great with me.

“He’s only young, you forget how young for a keeper, but he’s got all the attributes to be one of the best about.”

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