Dougie Freedman cautious of copycat Sheffield Wednesday
KEEPING Wanderers on the boil has been Dougie Freedman’s biggest task during the international break.
Victory at Birmingham City last time out lightened the mood around the Reebok and made the league table look almost bearable but the Whites boss has warned against any let-up when Sheffield Wednesday come to town tomorrow.
Dave Jones’s side are without a win in their first 10 games and will set a new club record if they fail to take three points from the Reebok.
And Freedman sees a familiar hunger in the Owls as he did in his own side a few weeks ago.
“Their situation is similar,” he said. “I watched them down at QPR the other week and this division is very, very close.
“They are a team that has got a bit of pace about it. They have some very decent players.
“Yes, they are not having a fantastic time of it thus far but there is enough quality in there to suggest that could change. The boy Matty Fryatt is a good striker.
“We must try and step to the same kind of performance that we have been showing in the last five or six games.
“The results weren’t there but I think we played well against Leeds and Derby.
“Now we have that win under our belt it should make us a bit more settled on the ball.
“We won’t be as anxious as we were in those games.”
Freedman noted an extra urgency in training over the break, which he believes stems from the three loanees added to the squad a couple of weeks ago.
“I think the players have done well,” he said. “They have that extra little bit of competition now and all of a sudden we have two players for every one position.
“People are now putting in what they have to in training.
“Certain players are no longer guaranteed a start, which I think is healthy, and as a result the atmosphere around the place has changed a little bit.
“It is more competitive in training now than it ever has been.”