Darren Pratley in line for big role in Bolton Wanderers fightback
DARREN Pratley may have gone from forgotten man to certain starter under Dougie Freedman – but that didn’t spare him a ticking off after the defeat at Blackburn.
The midfield dynamo has become a key player under the Wanderers boss after a torrid first 12 months at the Reebok.
But Freedman admits that Pratley, pictured, was one of a few brought into line after the 4-1 defeat at Ewood Park.
Now he hopes Pratley can add to the two goals he has already scored this season to become even more valuable to the team.
“Two or three players against Blackburn tried too hard and I have said to them we have got to play with the team not individually,” he said. “But I am glad to be talking about Darren because he’s a very, very good player.
“When I came to the club 10 months ago Darren was a forgotten man. I know some players don’t play quite as well in certain systems, I feel in the system we have asked Darren to play, he is a goal threat, he works back for the team.
“We want him to do more of the same and he will be very crucial in how we are going to turn things round in the next four or five games.
“He just needed to have that trust put in him. I believe Darren wasn’t given enough positivity around his game and that’s what we have worked on.”