Bolton boss Dougie Freedman hails goalscorer Jermaine Beckford

Jermaine Beckford
Beckford ended his wait for a goal against Crewe

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman praised Jermaine Beckford after the striker shrugged off criticism to help his side beat Crewe in the Capital One Cup.

Beckford struck his first of the season in injury-time and scored again in extra-time to secure Bolton's 3-2 win.

The 30-year-old joined the club from Leicester last year for an undisclosed fee and scored nine goals last term.

"I've found it difficult that sections of the crowd have been on his back," Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester.

Dougie Freedman on his new-look League Cup squad
"In both League Cup ties, I've introduced one or two younger players and it has made it a very level playing field. I felt that we deserved to win."

"He is a goalscorer and he always will score goals. That's why I brought him to the club and he's produced two wonderful finishes."

Freedman, who made nine changes to his squad from Saturday's Championship loss at Brighton, said his players had deserved to win.

"The players showed a lot of spirit and determination," he added.

"That doesn't just come overnight. We work on that and that's probably what has got us through the cup ties."

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