Freedman hails the real Wanderers

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

DOUGIE Freedman believes Wanderers finally showed their true worth in Saturday’s stunning victory over Hull City.

Three goals inside the first eight minutes from Darren Pratley, Mark Davies and Craig Dawson, pictured celebrating, had Steve Bruce’s Tigers reeling before Robbie Brady pulled one back with a deflected free-kick.

Dawson completed the rout to hand the Whites their first back-to-back home victories since March and extend the current unbeaten run to four games.

Freedman had faith that the goals would start to flow after frustrating trips to Nottingham Forest and Derby County, which brought only two points.

But after seeing his side move up to within 10 points of the play-off places, the Scot was hoping they could start to get a momentum going.

“This is a top team we have beaten,” Freedman said. “And maybe sometimes when you see me disappointed it’s because I know what the players are capable of.

“I understand the bigger picture, the expectations, but I have the privilege of working with these guys every day and that’s why I knew somewhere down the line someone was going to take a tonking, and this time it was Hull. Hopefully we can continue that.”

Freedman admits time is not on his side when it comes to making the long-awaited promotion push.

Just 13 games remain, with 39 points up for grabs, and there is likely to be little margin for error if Wanderers are to complete an unlikely smash and grab on the top six.

But the Wanderers boss has promised the club's fans he will be doing everything he can to keep the run going.

“It has been difficult for the fans because they have been in the Premiership for years and everyone wants it,” he said. “We just feel that we're close.

“Is time running out? Yes, of course it is. I'm not ducking that question.

“But I can only turn up on Monday morning and put in my all in terms of coaching.

“These are good players and it is slowly turning for them because certain players are buying into it.”

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