Bolton Wanderers boss Freedman insists that tactics were not the issue in QPR defeat
DOUGIE Freedman insists that Wanderers’ luck will soon change for the better despite seeing his side crash to another defeat at QPR.
Goals from Charlie Austin and Karl Henry proved the difference at Loftus Road, with Jay Spearing’s 85th minute effort arriving too late to spark a comeback.
Wanderers lost Tim Ream just 15 seconds into the game with a broken nose, sustained in an aerial challenge with Austin that left Freedman furious.
Craig Davies also hit the bar with a peach of a shot from 25 yards.
But while travelling fans showed their displeasure at his second-half substitutions, Freedman refused to bite back.
"That's always going to be the case,” he said. “I am sure half of the fans up there wanted two strikers, half of them wanted three strikers. I understand that. But there didn't seem to be any frustration when we got that goal.
“I know what you are asking but you are always going to get that with any manager of any team."
Asked whether his side had shown enough attacking intent in the second half to warrant a point on the night, the Wanderers boss insisted again that he was pleased with the performance, if not the result.
"I felt the game plan of breaking on them was working,” he said. “I didn't want to change that plan because I felt that was how we could hurt QPR.
“We just need to make sure we are more ruthless because I strongly believe that when the goals go in and we take the lead away from home, we will hold on easily.”
Freedman had highlighted Austin as the danger man during midweek but ended up seeing the 15-goal striker head home Matt Phillips’ cross just before half time.
"He scores goals,” the manager said. “He didn't do much tonight and if the referee sees it differently in the first minute he might not even have been with us. As a team we kept at it and I am very proud of what I saw.
"I felt a lack of concentration in midfield allowed the ball to go out too easily and the quality of the cross was too difficult to defend against.
"As Harry said to me after the game, we are the best team to come here. It's not consolation for me but it is heartening you see the team play that well. But there is no way it can't change."