Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman believes the Whites are on the up after win over Bournemouth
WANDERERS are going up in the world and Dougie Freedman sees no reason why that should stop any time soon.
Victory at Bournemouth on Saturday may only have been the Whites’ second of the season but the manager believes it could prove to be an important landmark.
Goals from David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford at Dean Court made it a sixth game unbeaten and lifted the club two places into 18th position in the Championship table.
It is still far from where Freedman wants to be and Wanderers still lag some 10 points behind the top six – but the manager has seen recent signs to suggest anything is still possible.
“I haven’t got carried away with being down here in the table and with everyone saying we’re struggling,” he said.
“We’re not struggling, we’ve just had a difficult start and we had to stop getting beat. We did that, and then we needed to start turning draws into wins. Hopefully today is the first sign that we are doing that.
“I think you have to give this group of players a lot of credit for what they have been through. With the backing from the club we can achieve anything we want to achieve.”
While Freedman reckons the seeds for victory were sown on the training ground last week, he also paid special tribute to the backing given by close to 1,000 travelling fans on the south coast.
“We tactically got it spot on,” he said. “The players took on board what we’d been speaking about during the week, the attitude was fantastic and we’ve always had the talent in us to get some goals.
“But most of all it was pleasing for the away fans and I have to make mention of them because for 1,000 of them to come down here on a five-hour journey was amazing and they got what they deserved, a performance from their team that was fully committed.”
Wanderers named an unchanged side at Bournemouth but were without three senior players on the bench.
Darrren Pratley suffered a back spasm on Thursday while Craig Davies also pulled out of the squad with a tight hamstring.
Andre Moritz also suffered a sickness bug on Friday and was unable to travel.
“It was a bit difficult to take all in one day,” admitted Freedman. “But it gave Andy Kellett a chance on the bench and Sanmi Odelusi also got on to play, so that was a bonus for us.”