DOUGIE Freedman revealed how a half-time rocket in the dressing room helped Wanderers return to something like their true selves at Yeovil.
After unleashing a verbal volley at the break, with his side 2-0 down and having put in a performance which lacked energy, real effort and quality, goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Zat Knight eventually rescued a point.
Wanderers still needed the help of a missed penalty from Ishmael Miller at 2-1 down, but even having been reduced to 10 men after the sending off of Alex Baptiste, had chances to win the game.
Freedman was much happier with the second-half display but was still left to rue a catalogue of “bad decisions” that he said cost his side an extra two points.
“Half time came at a very good time and gave me a chance to say some words, some very strong words,” he told The Bolton News.
“We made a few tactical changes, went a little more direct in the second half, and that helped us get back into the game in the end.
“In the end, I was disappointed we didn’t get all three points and anyone who watched the game for 95 minutes will agree we should have won it.
“What cost us was a few bad decisions, in defence and going forward.”
One such decision was the challenge made by Baptiste on Kevin Dawson that earned the full-back a straight red from referee Darren Deadman and handed Yeovil a chance to seal the game 10 minutes from time.
“I have got no complaints on the penalty, or the sending off, our man got the wrong side of him,” Freedman said after the final whistle.
“But when they missed that penalty I’ve just been told it was a minute and a half before we scored. The way I looked at the game, we had a lot of chances to win it. “It was a straight red for Baptiste and if we miss him for three games then I have no complaints. It was ball watching and he’d got the wrong side.”
Freedman also rued a late chance to win the game that was wasted by Neil Danns.
The midfielder had just one man to beat and Jermaine Beckford begging for a pass three minutes into stoppage time but spurned the opportunity.
“I think we need to improve on our decision making – be that in our defending, or going forward,” he said.
“You look at Neil Danns towards the end there and that’s the kind of thing that has let us down.
“The right energy is there and the right commitment is there but we still don’t have that consistency in our performance.
“The second 45 minutes was much more like us but I think it shows we’ve still got a long way to go before we can get that consistency.”