Dougie changing Wanderers' playing culture

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

DOUGIE Freedman reckons Wanderers fans got a glimpse of the future in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Charlton.

David Ngog’s late double earned three points, taking the Whites up five places to 13th in the Championship table.

But it was the patient and controlled manner of victory that most pleased the manager, who believes supporters are now coming to terms with how he wants his side to play.

There had been signs of unease on the terraces as the sides headed in goalless at the break, and an even stronger negative reaction when Chung-Yong Lee and Jacob Butterfield were brought off midway through the second half for Ngog and Martin Petrov.

Freedman is sure that the message is sinking in, however, and that his brand of possession-based football will bring more results.

“We got the three points and I think the fans got an education on how this division is,” he said. “We were very patient in our build up. My teams are going to play this way. I want my teams passing the ball, I want my teams penetrating at the right times.

“I think the fans are starting to work out what kind of manager they have got. Hopefully, it is the modern-day way to play.

“I am proud of the players because it’s the way I want to play. It’s very controlled. I just want to spread that thought and idea of what we are trying to do.”

Wanderers had not created many clear-cut opportunities in the first half despite seeing much more of the ball than the South Londoners, who were prepared to sit deep and play on the break.

Asked if he was becoming frustrated, Freedman insisted he was confident that the breakthrough would eventually be made.

“No, that’s the way I want my teams to play,” he said. “That’s the way we train every day.

“It’s not an easy division. Charlton defended for their lives so we were very patient in our build-up, we tried to penetrate at the right moments. “And while it didn’t work for us at times, I wasn’t frustrated at all. It’s the way I am going to be playing.

“So, I am very relaxed in the way the game went.”

Match-winner Ngog took his tally to four goals under the new manager in six appearances.

And Freedman has been impressed with what he has seen so far of the Frenchman, believing the £4million striker is destined to become a much more important figure for Wanderers in the future.

“He is still only 22 years of age,” he said. “He made a big move over to Liverpool when he was very young. He is still learning his trade.

“But the great thing about him is he turns up every day, looks me in the face and he is ready to work. He asks me questions – which is great for a coach. He is such a talented lad.

“When you are a young striker you tend to hit the headlines quickly and then you have this period when you have to learn your trade. And that’s what he is doing.”

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