Bolton Wanderers suffer a double blow as Alan Hutton and Andre Moritz may have played last games for club
6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014 in Sport
WANDERERS maintained their unbeaten run at Charlton – but have been dealt a double injury blow heading into their final three games of the season.
Andre Moritz has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a hamstring injury while there are now question marks over the fitness of full-back Alan Hutton, who limped off in the second half of the 0-0 draw at The Valley.
With Brazilian playmaker Moritz out of contract in the summer, he may now have played his final game for Wanderers.
The same could be said for Hutton, who will return to Aston Villa after a loan spell in three games’ time.
Freedman saw his side take a point from South London and was happy with the organisation shown against a side battling for their lives in the bottom four of the Championship, picking out the contribution from his skipper Jay Spearing.
But the Wanderers boss admits he was disappointed with the Whites’ lack of care in and around the penalty box at times.
“We limited them to very few opportunities,” he said. “The back four were excellent and Jay Spearing was the best player on the pitch I thought.
“He demanded a lot from those around him – and I thought in a defensive sense it was a very good performance.
“You’d liked to have seen one of the good breaks we made, or some of the good football we played finished off.
"We possibly didn’t work the keeper enough to warrant that goal. I played two up top and quite an attacking side with Chung-Yong Lee and Neil Danns either side.
“It meant it was an open game but I was willing to take that chance.
“In the end it wasn’t to be.”
Wanderers may have grabbed the winning goal when Matt Mills had a header cleared off the line by Diego Poyet – with some claiming the ball had crossed the line.
But Freedman had no complaints that the goal was not given.
“It’s the way it goes – but I think we had chances, taking that one aside, to have won the game without having to rely on a linesman’s decision.”