Corner has been turned, says Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman
DOUGIE Freedman believes his players have turned a corner but accepts they still need to prove it at Birmingham this weekend.
Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Blackpool not only provided a first clean sheet since April but also a performance that suggested to the manager that his side are starting to respond following a wretched start to the campaign.
Wanderers have generally reserved their worst displays for their travels – as those present at Blackburn, Brighton or Nottingham Forest would attest.
But Freedman is determined to head into the international break on the right note and with the television cameras present at St Andrew’s on Saturday, he reckons the onus is on the Whites to gain a result to lift the mood.
“We haven’t done enough away from home and I don’t like that,” he told The Bolton News.
“I think we have lacked a little bit of leadership in certain away games.
“There aren’t many harder stages to go and play than Birmingham but there is no way me or the players are going to lie down and take what has been happening.
“I don’t accept being in this position. I don’t accept some of the performances of late.
“We are all giving everything we can to move on.”
Wanderers put in perhaps their most complete display of the season at Bloomfield Road, boasting a team with three players making their full debuts.
And while that first win in the Championship still remains elusive, there was plenty about the result to please Freedman.
“We have stopped the rot,” he announced.
“I’m tired of going away from home and only looking okay for certain bits of the game.
“I thought we looked strong and composed against Blackpool, we were good in possession, especially in the first half.
“Yes, second half we did have to dig in and put our bodies on the line but we also created some good opportunities; when we are up and running we’ll score those.”