Freedman: Everyone is pulling in the same direction

MANAGER Dougie Freedman believes the unity within his Wanderers squad has been the recipe for an upturn in fortunes as he looks for a third consecutive home league win against Peterborough tonight.

Not since March 2011 have the Whites recorded a hat-trick of league victories at the Reebok but they are on a run of four without defeat in the Championship going into the Posh clash.

And Freedman believes the confidence Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of high-flying Hull has given his side can be the base for another collective effort.

The boss said: “I try and get the whole team to share responsibility, whether it be attacking or defending. We are all in it together.

“It is my job as coach to make sure everyone knows their defensive duties and also going forward.

“It is not about the individual. If one player makes a mistake we are looking for another to respond to that.

“It is a team game and it is good to see it is showing in games like Saturday.

“When called upon we defended very well in our own box and in attack we put together some fantastic moves culminating in a very good team performance.

“We are realistic in what we are as a team coming down from the Premiership and everyone is gunning for us.

“There is pressure on the players to do unrealistic things and win every game.

“I’m trying to be professional and be up front to the fans in that we are working towards getting back up there.

“There are certainly signs in my eyes that it is happening.

“The last six or seven performances have been good against top teams and we have not been far away from the right results to match performances.

“Saturday saw us put the two things together; we just now need to do it on a consistent basis.

“It comes with the confidence of winning football matches.”

Freedman believes recent results have been down to the team taking charge of possession and being in control more often and he wants to see that repeated against a Posh side that beat Wanderers 5-4 in December.

He added: “The key is to pick up your points on your travels and be quite solid at the Reebok.

“I try to do that through possession and controlling the game.

“You need patience and courage to do that and that was my message to the fans a few weeks ago.

“They have been terrific and understanding about how we are trying to change the philosophy of the club in terms of controlling matches.

“If we play to our tempo we have enough to win tonight.”

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