Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman ready to turn to Plan B
WANDERERS boss Dougie Freedman bemoaned a “crazy” 11-minute spell at the start of the second half that cost his team the chance of ending their winless league run at Brighton.
The Whites had taken a first-half lead at the Amex Stadium when Brighton’s David Lopez diverted Chung-Yong Lee’s cross into his own net.
But once Jay Spearing had done likewise to level things up early into the second half, the home side were rampant and slack defending saw them profit twice more in as many minutes.
Freedman was as frustrated as any of the 570 travelling Bolton fans on another disappointing away day.
And, while he remains of the opinion luck will change for his team, the Scot acknowledges clean sheets need to be the order of the day for that to happen.
Freedman said: “I am very disappointed. An 11-minute spell after half-time punished us.
“We felt we were in the game and very comfortable in the first half at 1-0 and it could have even been 2-0.
“I went in very comfortable as a coach at half time.
“The first was fortunate off Jay but then it was disappointing in the second and third coming so quick.
“I didn’t see that second half coming.
“We rallied at the end but it wasn’t to be. We got two wingers on and had a late flurry but it was too late.
“It surprises me where we are.
“The group are equipped to win football matches.
“It is just that lack of focus right now and a lack of determination to keep the ball out of the back of our net.
“I understand exactly what we have to do – we have to make sure we keep clean sheets.
“They have to make sure they work harder in the game, maybe communicate a bit better and talk to each other and rally around.
“We need to stop defending as individuals, as happened with the second goal on Saturday.”
The Whites boss admits to change the mentality of a team yet to win in eight games and propping up the Championship, he may need to use the loan market this week.
He added: “We have shown today that we have the capability to win football matches and we played well in the first half but we gave the game away within 11 minutes of the second half.”
“We might need to bring in one or two different types of characters.
“That’s the plan B – we have to go and get some in to try and get some momentum.
“There is no question the players here have ability but their mind-set needs to change.
“We are lacking in confidence at the moment and when Brighton scored their first goal you could see a lack of focus. I understand exactly what we have to do, we have to keep working and we have to put in a performance for 90 minutes.
“We need a couple of players in on loan and time to gel as a team.”