I spy! Freedman has checked out Rams and is going for victory

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , sports writer

DOUGIE Freedman says Wanderers will be going all out for victory at Derby County tonight to go one better than their weekend draw at Nottingham Forest.

The Scot believes performances of late have deserved more points on the board with the team now shaping up the way he wants them to play.

But a home derby win against Burnley and a point with 10 men at Forest has pleased the boss and he believes employing the right tactics tonight can bank the Whites an important three points, despite Derby’s impressive home record this season that has seen them lose just twice in the Championship at Pride Park.

Freedman said: “Derby offer a different threat to Forest; they play at a decent tempo and try to pin you back in your own half and control the game through possession.

“I didn’t quite know what Billy’s (Davies) formation was going to be at the weekend as a new manager there, but we have studied Derby, watched videos and know what they are about.

“We know where they get their goals from and also their weaknesses because they concede a lot of goals.

“We feel tonight if we can capitalise on that and the way we have been playing recently, there is no doubt in my mind we can go there and win this game.”

Freedman’s side have picked up four points from the last six and Wanderers beat the Rams 2-0 in their first home match of the season.

In the two previous outings against Burnley and Forest, the Whites have had to come from behind to claim points – a sign of the character in the ranks according to the boss.

Freedman added: “The performances have shown character, either when we have gone a goal behind and come back or gone a goal up and been pegged back.

“The character has never been in question; it is just about pointing the team in the right direction so we can achieve things together.

“We are all in it together, there are no heroes in my teams.

“We are trying our very best and the fans have been supportive in their commitment towards the players.

“We have put in some fantastic performances in the last four or five games and been unfortunate not to pick up more points.

“We look forward to building on away points in home games and we are focused on getting something at Derby.”

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