Whites boss refuses to give up on play-off chase
DOUGIE Freedman insists defeat at Ipswich Town is not necessarily the end of Wanderers’ play-off chances.
Carlos Edwards’ 88th-minute strike brought the Whites crashing back down to earth after a five-match winning streak.
Results elsewhere mean that Freedman’s men are now five points off the top six heading into the international break, with eight games remaining.
But the manager has no concerns about his players’ recent form, which leads him to believe they are able to prove that the setback at Portman Road is only a temporary blip.
“I am a football fan and if you are asking sensible questions of me and have seen us play for the last 10 games, then again today, you’ll know there is still an opportunity to get into that position,” he said.
“Of course, this is not the result we wanted but it’s not the end of us.
“We are more than capable of going and getting four or five wins again.”
Freedman had few complaints about his team’s performance in a scrappy game, played on a poor pitch.
Wanderers manufactured few scoring opportunities but had been growing into the game in the second half before Edwards’ strike, later described as a “mugging” by the Whites boss.
Freedman was pragmatic after the final whistle but said he had no regrets about the way his side had set up, or gone about the game.
“We came up against a side who were very physical but we matched them, and we were very unlucky in the last 20 minutes not to have scored a goal,” he said.
“Tactically, I thought we got it spot on, trying to play through them.
“The ball probably didn’t quite bounce for us in some of the little areas but that’s what happens in football.”