Dougie Freedman is delighted to have Liam Feeney as wing man
DOUGIE Freedman is proud to have delivered surprise package Liam Feeney to the Wanderers fans.
Little was known about the Millwall winger when he strolled into the Reebok but two and a half games later, his name was being sung from the stands like a seasoned veteran.
It is still early days for the 26-year-old whose contract at The Den runs out at the end of the season, but the Whites boss is not oblivious to the difference he has made to the cause.
“Liam Feeney was outstanding again with what he does for us,” he said.
“I can’t criticise the team because they have not been lacking commitment or desire but there is something else that young Liam gives us.
“Never mind his crossing quality, his dribbling, or his fantastic defensive duties, his sole hunger is to do well here.
“The fans totally deserve that. I have looked at this long and hard, stripped it down, and thought ‘let’s get back to basics and what do Bolton fans really need?’ I think it is players like Liam who come from a background and just want to do well.
“I want to bring my Academy types in but right now I don’t think it is the right time. That is the plan but this is the way I am going at the moment.”
The 2-1 win at St Andrew’s signalled not only a turnaround in fortune for Wanderers but also for star summer signing Jermaine Beckford, who chalked up his first league goal of the season.
Freedman has maintained that the former Leicester City man would soon hit the scoring trail but believes the fact that he has now done so is purely down to persistence.
“I will say now to any young player in the Bolton area to look at him,” he said. “He works very, very hard on the training ground. He is constantly practising. In fact, he’s a bit of a pain in the backside because he always wants to do more.
“He is very mentally strong and he is always brave enough to get in there. He took one today and he deserved it because he was very, very good. He is an all-round number nine and today he was fantastic.”