Wright-Phillips denies Blades
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman remained upbeat despite the 3-2
defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls Leicester.
The Foxes shaded a topsy turvy encounter which saw Bolton take
an early lead with a David Ngog penalty and then fight back to
level at 2-2 with a Darren Pratley goal before eventually losing
out to Jeff Schlupp’s 79th-minute goal.
Freedman said: “What a fantastic game of football that was. What
a great advert for the Championship.
“A neutral would have thoroughly enjoyed it and I was no
different. It was a frantic end-to-end game which was full of
spirit from both sides.
“It was Leicester’s night in the end but I know what I have in
that dressing room – players with plenty of spirit.
“Their performance was fantastic and we created plenty of
opportunities. That kind of form and spirit in the next three games
will give us a chance to get back into the play-offs.”
The Bees substitute pounced during the closing moments of an
extraordinary match which produced three red cards and four
penalties to snatch a point for Uwe Rosler’s side.
United looked set to record their second triumph under new
manager Chris Morgan when Dave Kitson headed home following
substitute Barry Robson’s spot-kick.
But Brentford, who had taken the lead courtesy of Marcello
Trotta’s penalty, had other ideas and dragged themselves level in
the 89th minute.
The visitors were creaking under the weight of some strong
United pressure when Trotta fired them ahead from the spot
following Clayton Donaldson’s 24th-minute collision with United
goalkeeper George Long.
Michael Doyle had twice tested Brentford’s Simon Moore with
powerful efforts while Kevin McDonald also went close.
Kitson, one of five players cautioned during a tetchy
first-half, saw a low drive scrambled clear before heading Tony
McMahon’s corner wide before McDonald saw a volley fly over the
Brentford skipper Tony Craig saw red after tangling with Kitson
in the area but McMahon’s spot-kick rebounded back off the
Robson converted from the spot following Lee Hodson’s handball
before Harry Maguire followed Craig down the tunnel, with Sam
Saunders missing a penalty.
Although Kitson’s header looked to have settled the match in
United’s favour, Wright-Phillips pounced at the death after
Donaldson had also been dismissed.