SINCE the arrival of Dougie Freedman and his management team we have seen a different Bolton Wanderers to the one from previous games, writes Ryan Tierney.

We have seen a team whose main priority is to be difficult to beat and to nullify any of the oppositions threats. Even at the Reebok Stadium we give up the majority of the ball and territory to the opposition. Is this the best way forward for a team aiming for promotion this season? I think not.

Over the five games Freedman has been in charge we have accumulated seven points, which includes four draws and one win. We have scored six goals and conceded five. The Freedman philosophy seems to be that we are going out to win 1-0. Any Bolton fan will tell you that the team’s strength is not in its defence, so why build your team around this?

This to me seems a naïve decision by Freedman whose team are still conceding a goal game and recently don’t look like scoring more than one goal a game ourselves.

We are not a bottom of the Championship team looking to battle through games and scrape points together.

Under the stewardship of Jimmy Phillips and Sammy Lee we had the philosophy of we will score more goals than you. With the players at Freedman’s disposal this is the best way to turn the draws into wins. We should frighten teams with the players we have and should go out and stamp our authority on games especially at home and not sit back like a team frightened to death of the skills of Barnsley!

I understand Freedman needs to have a look at all his players but over one training session he should be able to come to the decision that some of them are useless and don’t deserve a place in the first team.

A midfield of Jay Spearing, Mark Davies, Lee Chung-Yong, Chris Eagles and Martin Petrov with David Ngog upfront is a balanced team and has enough ability to rip any team in the Championship apart.

Mr Freedman please take note, Attack!