Bolton Wanderers on the up at last
WANDERERS are off the mark – and Dougie Freedman believes it has been a team effort from top to bottom.
A first league win of the Championship campaign was registered at Birmingham City on Saturday to lift the Whites up three places into 20th position.
Before the hard-fought three points the knives had been out in some quarters, with bookmakers figuring the Scot was the most likely man to be sacked after defeat against Brighton on September 21.
Since then Freedman’s men have salvaged a point against Yeovil, ground out a point against Blackpool and battled for all three at St Andrew’s.
And the manager acknowledged that after the club’s worst start in 111 years there has been patience shown on the terraces and in the boardroom while he was given a chance to put his early-season wrongs right.
“Have I been frustrated? No. But I have wondered when it was going to turn,” Freedman said.
“It has been a hard period but credit to the Bolton fans because I think they know what we are trying to do and where we are trying to go. “Credit, too, goes to the chairman and the owners because I think they have stuck by me in a difficult moment.
“It has been slippy but I don’t think it has ever fallen over. I could never accuse my team of giving up or throwing in the towel.”
It has taken Wanderers 11 attempts to get off the winning mark but Freedman feels the tide started to turn 10 minutes from the end of the Yeovil game.
“It isn’t a relief, I don’t work my life that way,” he said. “If we work very hard, stay focused, work hard on the training ground and do things right then you get your reward. That is my philosophy in life.
“Over the last few games it has been very, very close. I had a feeling that a result like this could springboard us up this division very, very quickly.”
Freedman is gutted that the international break has arrived at the moment when his side seem to have finally turned a corner.
“It comes at a moment where we are just starting to gather a little bit of momentum but these are the challenges that have been put in front of us,” he said.
“Of course I’d like to be playing Tuesday night because I have got the confidence up but it gives me an opportunity to work some of the loan players who have just recently landed on my lap.
“This is a couple of weeks where we can regroup and look at getting one or two back to top fitness.”