Addicks will be tough test, says Freedman
DOUGIE Freedman expects Championship new boys Charlton to provide another stern Reebok test this afternoon but is confident Wanderers can come out on top.
The Addicks are back in the second tier after Chris Powell led them to the League One title last season.
And Freedman has been impressed with the job the former England full-back has done at The Valley in steering them to a seven-match unbeaten run.
But he has already masterminded victory over Powell’s men this season while in charge of their arch rivals Crystal Palace, 1-0 at The Valley in September.
And he has faith that he can repeat that with the Whites today.
Freedman said: “Charlton have done very well since coming up.
“What Chris Powell has done has recruited experienced players that have played in this division.
“It will be a difficult match for us.
“There are no easy games at all in this division and you have to work hard for results. I just feel the way we are playing right now in terms of going about our business, it is one we can win.”
For his part, Powell believes Wanderers are in something of a false position.
The Whites have picked up just 11 points from 24 under Dougie Freedman but only lost once in that eight-match spell. And, like Freedman, Powell believes their performances have merited more.
“We’ve had them watched, and they’ve done okay recently,” he said.
“They played very well at Huddersfield, and maybe they should have got three points from that, but we go up there looking to continue our unbeaten run although it will be difficult because they have some good players and some Premier League players.
“It’s a tough place to go, a big arena, a place where we need to start with the right intensity and tempo.”