Bolton Wanderers aiming to rock Brighton this time
IT is Spanish Day at the Amex Stadium tomorrow but Dougie Freedman is planning to gatecrash the party.
In his own words, the Wanderers boss saw his side battered last November, as the Seagulls hit the woodwork on three occasions, missed a penalty and forced Adam Bogdan into a string of fine saves before David Ngog cancelled out Bruno’s earlier goal with an amazing 96th-minute equaliser.
That Brighton side was managed by Gus Poyet, removed in the summer in an acrimonious split and replaced by Spaniard Oscar Garcia.
Tomorrow may well be pencilled in as a fiesta for the Brighton fans but Freedman – who watched them battle out a 0-0 draw with QPR on Tuesday night – would dearly love to spoil the fun.
“I don’t think they are a lot different from last season,” said the Whites boss. “The new manager has the same philosophy, almost exactly in fact, and apart from the left-back I don’t think they have got many different players.
“We have a strategy and that worked well at home last season when we beat them 1-0 at home but it did not work away because we got battered that day. No complaints.
“We will try to change that this time and do to them what we did at the Reebok.”
The mood around Euxton yesterday was surprisingly upbeat for a side bottom of the Championship but Freedman believes there has been a slight change in attitude in the last two games that he thinks will soon translate into better results.
“Whatever stats you want to look at – possession, shots at goal – we should have beaten Derby the other night, but it will come,” he said. “We got a point and that stopped a run of defeats. Now we need to move on from there.
“I thought as a group there was a small change in there. I saw a little bit of fight. The performances you saw on Saturday and Tuesday will win many games in this division. It just sums up where we are right now, playing against teams in a bit of form or up the top of the table.
“The feeling I am getting from the lads is ‘let’s just play’.
“They want to show people how good they are.”