'It's a fluke Derby are in this division'

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Derby County were praised by Bolton's Dougie Freedman after their win at the Reebok.

Steve McClaren's Derby County notched another win at the weekend, their second away victory in succession.

County defeated Bolton at the Reebok, leaving opposing manager Dougie Freedman under pressure from his own fans.

Rather than focus on his own side's shortcomings in the 2-1 victory however, Freedman elected to shift some of the attention to Derby being at a different level, a team he believes are too good for the Championship.

He told reporters, quoted by The Sun: "It's a fluke Derby are in this division - They are a fantastic team.

"This job has proven more difficult than I ever thought it would be, but I ain't hiding away."

Derby sit sixth in the Championship, in the play-off places, while Bolton are in 22nd, the relegation zone with only five points on the board.

Last season County were agonisingly close to reaching the Premier League, defeated by a single goal in the play-off final against QPR.

They look certain to be in the mix at the end of the season, but just three wins from their last six puts them four points off the automatic promotion places already.

There is plenty of time to catch it up, but if they want to avoid potential play-off heartbreak, they will have to prove Freedman right in his assessment of their quality and kick on.

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