Dougie Freedman will stick with his style of play for Bolton Wanderers
DOUGIE Freedman launched a defence of his team’s tactics after yet another frustrating stalemate at the Reebok.
Wanderers paid for their failure to convert chances against Charlton Athletic, succumbing to a sixth home draw in 11 games this season.
Defender Kevin McNaughton scored his first goal since 2008 to cancel out Yann Kermorgant’s early opener for Chris Powell’s Addicks – but having got themselves back into the game on the stroke of half time it was the Whites’ inability to go on and win it that exasperated the home crowd.
Freedman appealed for patience from the terraces but says he will not be changing his team’s style of play in an effort to change results.
“I’m asking the players to do something they haven’t really been doing before and that’s moving the ball from the back,” he said.
“We are not taking our chances right now and it’s affecting the results but I strongly believe we have enough quality and strong characters in the dressing room so that when do start taking our chances we start winning games of football.
“The results don’t match the performances but I don’t think it’s far away.”
Freedman named what he believed to be an attack-minded line-up, bringing Chris Eagles back into the side for Darren Pratley, but played with only one recognised striker in Joe Mason.
And it was a sense of frustration for the Scot that his selection decision did not equate to goals against the Addicks.
“I put as many attacking players on that pitch as I could – Neil Danns running from midfield, I kept Chungy and Eagles on the pitch as much as I could, but it’s my right-back who scores the goal.
“I sit here in front of you guys and I always try to be very honest – and we had four or five good chances to win that game but you have got to take them.
“The football we are playing is creating opportunities. I’m not sure it’s the only way we should be playing but with the attacking players I have got in this side it’s the way I have got to play.
“They want to go forward, be on the front foot, and I have to organise it like that.”