Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman aims to keep Brighton guessing

The Bolton News: Dougie Freedman believes the flexibility of his squad is a major asset Dougie Freedman believes the flexibility of his squad is a major asset

DOUGIE Freedman could go back on the attack against Brighton tomorrow but admits he wants to keep everyone guessing at the Reebok.

After his side had rattled in 11 goals in games against Watford, Blackburn and Leeds, Tuesday’s nip-and-tuck 0-0 draw at Derby County came as a shock to the system for some.

But while the Wanderers boss has no regrets about his approach in midweek, he says this weekend’s meeting with the Seagulls will require something different.

Joe Mason is touch-and-go after struggling to overcome a virus, and Jermaine Beckford is unlikely to be risked.

Fans are eager to see a return to the two-man attack that has driven the recent upturn in form but Freedman believes the flexibility in his squad is a major asset.

“I think the attacking side of things has been that good of late that maybe a few people with opinions are asking why we didn’t win by three or four at Derby,” he said. “That’s the way life goes and you can’t stop people having opinions.

“But it’s just a fact that if you want to win most games of football you have to keep the back door shut.

“Brighton are a different kettle of fish. They are a possession team and one that won’t really be up and at you as much as Derby were. It will perhaps be a more tactical and technical game. I don’t think there will be as much energy used as there was on Tuesday.”

Freedman is expected to switch his back four again after resting David Wheater in midweek but the Scot revealed that Chris Eagles is unlikely to be considered for the squad because of an eye infection.

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