Pre-Match: Freedman on Bolton v Derby

  • September 16, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman believes his side are capable of bouncing back from Saturday's defeat to Leeds United, by beating Derby County on Tuesday night.

Wanderers were beaten 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium at the weekend, a result which marked the club's worst start to a campaign in 50 years. Derby, meanwhile, have won all three of their Championship away fixtures so far and another one on Tuesday night would set a new club record of four successive away league wins at the start of a new season.

Despite the contrasting fortunes between the two clubs going into the game, Freedman believes his side are showing glimpses of their capabilities and will be looking to secure three points against the Rams.

"We have to work through the tough times," Freedman told the club's official website. "I have been in this position before as a manager and I know exactly what we need to do and we have to keep on working. We have to make sure everybody understands their roles and we have to stick together.

"There are suggestions that we have been doing that, we have had very narrow defeats and defeats that have been very hard to take.

"We lost on Saturday from a set play, we had more possession and we created a number of fantastic situations in the final third against Leeds United but we didn't quite make the right decisions. However, there are suggestions that we will certainly turn the corner quickly.

"The lads are focused, obviously they are disappointed with how the results have gone but as I have pointed out to them, their performances are not too far away from winning games of football.

"Apart from the Nottingham Forest game, we have shown in every game that we are a very capable team. We conceded a goal after just seven minutes at the weekend which didn't help but I thought our response was good.

"In our current situation, we want a game every single day so we can get into a bit of form and start picking up victories.

"In football you can never tell what is going to happen next. Derby have had up and down results, but they have had a couple of eye catching results including their win at Millwall.

"Nigel Clough has done a good job at Derby and in this division you need to have the attitude where you work for one another and have the blend of experience and youth.

"They have started well but I believe we are capable of winning tomorrow night and I believe if we can continue to keep on creating goal scoring opportunities alongside keeping the back door close longer than seven minutes which happened at the weekend then we will give ourselves a chance."

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