Last Updated: Sat, 05 Jan 2013 19:47
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman admitted he had mixed emotions after Sunderland came from behind to force an FA Cup third-round replay with a 2-2 draw.
Lee Chung-yong capitalised on Carlos Cuellar's 11th-minute mistake to open the scoring before Marvin Sordell headed home the second just after half-time.
However, the introduction of striker Connor Wickham turned the tie the Black Cats' way as within three minutes of coming on the 19-year-old scored his first goal since October 2011.
Craig Gardner's 25-yard piledriver set up a frantic finish with the visitors pushing for the winner at the final whistle.
The hosts held on, however, and Freedman said: "From a 2-0 lead I'm disappointed but overall I'm thrilled with the result because I thought we showed great commitment and desire at the end to defend for our lives.
"For the first 60 minutes I thought we controlled the game and we played a style of football I like to play.
"Overall, it was the old cliche of a game of two halves.
"It was a great tie to watch and in the end we had to dig in and defend - and that was part of the game."
Have you an opinion on this story? Put your money where your mouth is and claim a free £25 bet.