Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman urges attacking players to show flair
DOUGIE Freedman is challenging his team to show their attacking prowess and take the game to high-flying Blackpool at Bloomfield Road tonight.
The Whites boss, pictured above, has acknowledged his front line needs to do better, but says the amount of chances they created against Yeovil on Saturday was a sign of improvement.
And he believes if they can turn domination in games into goals, his flair players can prove they are the best in the division.
Goals are usually a feature of games between Wanderers and the Seasiders – both teams have scored at least twice in each of the previous four meetings – and Freedman is confident his team can get enough to win tonight and break that winless start to the campaign.
The Scot said: “It will turn for us; there’s no way you can play like we did on Saturday and it not turn.
“I feel very strongly we can get our first win at Blackpool and that could set us off.
“The problem we have right now is that when we are on top, like against Derby and on Saturday, we don’t kill them off.
“Last season when we had teams on the ropes we didn’t let them off them.
“Right now we are not getting that goal when we are on top.
“I don’t think anyone can say we are not playing the right type of football and the lads are committed to the end as they showed in a one-sided game against Yeovil.
“Our approach play is good in most games we have played.
“It doesn’t concern me because we have good quality players in forward positions.
“We will see our flair players shine when we start to keep clean sheets. It is a lot harder to sink chances when the pressure is on and you are 1-0 or 2-0 down.
“When we get a few results, they will shine and I believe we have the best flair players in the division.
“It is a very fine line and right now we are not on the right side of the line.
“But it doesn’t make me panic.
“We are underdogs for the game and Blackpool have had a fantastic start.
“But there is no way my team will go there and lie down.
“We have a bit of a stronger squad now and we will go there looking to put in a strong performance.”
Freedman’s opposite number at Blackpool, Paul Ince, has the same assessment of Wanderers after watching from the Reebok stands on Saturday.
And he is not taking them lightly, despite their lowly league position and a record that has not seen them win at Bloomfield Road in eight visits stretching back 36 years.
Ince said: “I went to watch Bolton on Saturday.
“They are in a false position, I’ve watched their games and they are just not taking chances when they should.
“They are a good side with a very strong squad and some very talented players.
“When they get playing there’s no doubt they will start climbing up the table.
“So I don’t get sucked into where they are in the league.
“Bolton are a very good outfit who’ve spent a few quid, so it will be a tough game.”