Dougie Freedman hailed the contribution of Chris Eagles after the winger inspired Bolton to a 2-1 victory over Blackburn.
Former Burnley man Eagles silenced boos from the home crowd when he delicately played in Kevin Davies to open the scoring after 93 seconds. Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson thwarted Eagles from long range on a number of occasions but when the ex-England international turned his free-kick onto the post in the 61st minute Lee Chung-Yong was on hand to make it 2-0.
Jordan Rhodes nodded home to reduce the arrears eight minutes from time but Freedman deserved the luxury of basking in Eagles' contribution when addressing the post-match press conference.
"He's been performing very well - let's not tell him that, knowing Chris," joked Freedman when asked about his star man, who is not knowingly low on confidence. "He's a good guy, he's a fine football player who's still getting better.
"It's up to me and my staff to try and put on sessions that test them every day and he is one that's certainly responding to training every day.
"Of course he can get better, there's a lot more to come. He has huge potential. His apprenticeship was at Man United, he's played in the Premier League. There's a lot more to come from Chris Eagles and I don't mind telling him that."
Opposite number Henning Berg appeared seething having taken in a second successive home defeat.
"To start the game like we did was very, very surprising, I must admit," he said. "We're playing a local derby, we're playing against a team we played in the Premier League last season and we give them that much space. They played in front of us, they played in-between us, they played behind us, they scored a goal.
"For us to expect to win the game by starting that way is very frustrating, very surprising and nowhere near where we want to be.
"We have enough experience to know that when we start the way we do we give ourselves a mountain to climb and at the moment we're not good enough to get back into it."
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