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Fulham manager Chris Coleman was delighted with his player’s character after seeing his side draw 1-1 with Bolton.

The Cottagers were on the wrong end of a mauling in their Premiership opener against Manchester United at the weekend but claimed a late draw in Wednesday’s game with Bolton.

Jimmy Bullard fired home late from the spot to cancel out El Hadji Diouf’s opener and Coleman was delighted with how his players reacted following their humiliating defeat at the weekend.

“To come away from 5-1 on the opening game and bounce back three days later, that was a gritty performance against a gritty Bolton team trying to hit us on the counter attack,” Coleman told Sky Sports.

“Our lads showed a lot of character because at 1-0 and to concede when we did, having had some poor decisions against us, we showed character and we got a goal back and overall I thought we definitely deserved to win the game.

“I was delighted with the lads tonight, we didn’t play like we can play in terms of passing, we knew if we tried to pass it from the back Bolton would have been down our throats and making it hard for us so we got it forward sooner that we normally do, we tried to play in the final third.”

Coleman is confident a similar performance in Fulham’s next game against Sheffield United will hand the club their first three points of the season.

He added: “If we play like that on Saturday I’m convinced we’ll win the game and four points from three games would be a good start.”