Bolton Wanderers shot-stopper Adam Bogdan wins the spot prize after keeping out another penalty

Adam Bogdan

Adam Bogdan

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

ADAM Bogdan is keen not to put the kibosh on his impressive recent penalty record for Wanderers.

Barnsley’s Chris O’Grady joined Wayne Rooney, Ishmael Miller, Jordi Gomez and Ashley Barnes on Saturday in a group of players who have been denied from the spot by the Hungary international.

But, while Bogdan was thankful to the angle of post and bar for his most recent clean sheet, the Whites stopper does not want to tempt fate by making too much of his new-found pre-penalty routine.

“I do my thing and it’s working at the moment,” he told The Bolton News. “Of course I’m glad he missed it but I’d dived the right way and I’m happy about the clean sheet.”

O’Grady’s miss meant that Jermaine Beckford’s first-half goal proved decisive, and Bogdan admitted that the margin of victory should have been greater.

“It wasn’t an easy game,” he said. “We tried to play a little bit differently – out from the back and through their midfield – and it was working on a number of occasions. But on others they closed us down and caused us problems.

“Full credit to them, I thought they had a good game. But overall I think it was massive that we got away with three points because it was the end of a long week travelling.

“I’ve said it for a while that the only thing we can improve at the moment is our finishing of chances.

“We have been solid at the back and we’re limiting the number of chances teams have against us but we have to put teams to the sword.

“Again we had chances and we have to seize them, get 2-0 up, and the game should be over then.”

Bogdan shares the fans’ frustrations that the recent upturn in form has come too late for a play-off push, but believes an unbeaten finish could give momentum to next season’s ambitions.

“It’s frustrating we didn’t do this earlier. I knew we were a good side and we were capable of getting results but for some reason it wasn’t going for us,” he said.

“The most important thing is that it clicked. Yes, it’s clicked too late and we can’t get to the play-offs, but we can keep this positive run and it will help us for the next season.

“If we continue to win, it can do a number of things – the lads who want to stay here will know we can do it. From February we’ve nearly beaten everyone and we know what we can do.

“The players the club wants to bring in, if they want to, can see that this side have a chance of getting to the play-offs and winning games.

“That is exactly why we have to keep winning. We need to attract players and keep players at the club as well.”

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