Dougie insists 'No need to panic'
DOUGIE Freedman remains positive the tide will turn for Wanderers despite a second successive defeat on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites went down 1-0 to lose their unbeaten home league record in 2013 in their 13th Championship fixture and also failed to score on home turf for the first time this year.
But the manager was satisfied with the display and is confident when he gets a fully-fit squad to choose from, his team will get over their worst start in a decade which has seen them face three of the promotion hopefuls.
Freedman was without injured midfield trio Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Chris Eagles on Saturday, while the in-form Darren Pratley was suspended.
Holden and Davies remain out long-term but Freedman will hope Eagles can return this week, if not for tomorrow’s Capital One Cup tie at Tranmere, then for Saturday’s Lancashire derby at Blackburn Rovers.
He said: “I think the last three teams we have faced will be teams in the top three or four positions.
“We may not have got the results against these top teams but with, even with injuries and suspensions, we have still held our own and we did on Saturday.
“When we get one or two back, we will be fine because we have showed how we want to play the game.
“I think the fans understand that.
“I am very realistic and I don’t think there was too much wrong with the performance.
“I have always said with my fully fit squad we will take anyone on.
“It’s just unfortunate for the fans they have not seen that with the likes of Pratley, Chungy, Stuart Holden all in there together.
“The tide will turn for us.”
David Ngog was also expected to miss out against QPR but was a surprise starter after minimal training due to illness last week.
Freedman admits it was a gamble to play the Frenchman and knew he would not last the full 90 minutes but a gamble he was willing to take with numbers in short supply.
He added: “I just asked David to give us 45 or 50 minutes without getting injured.
“It was a slight risk but I thought he played well in the first 45 minutes.
“I didn’t really want to take him off but I was forced into it because of the lack of training he’d had.”