Pre-Match: Freedman on Brighton v Bolton

  • September 20, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman believes Bolton are starting to turn a corner, following a poor start to the season, and is targeting three points at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

A 2-2 draw with Derby County saw Wanderers drop to the bottom of the Championship table on Tuesday night, a game which Freedman thought his side deserved to win.

The Trotters boss has been impressed with the performances and statistics of his players in recent games, but admits the only statistic that counts is the final score - something he is confident of achieving at Brighton at the weekend.

"It's very unfortunate for the group of players that we have - their performance levels have been very good," Freedman told the club's official website. "The fans have seen that and they got right behind them the other night because they saw the determination, but they didn't get what they deserved from that game.

"The guys in the backroom who do all the statistics tell me that we had more possession and more shots, but you have to score more goals than the opposition.

"Frustrated? Yes we are, but certainly a lot of positives came out of it. It was a good display and I think if we can keep on having performances like that, then it's only going to be a matter of time before we start picking up a few wins.

"There is no way that we'll be lying down and taking these defeats and draws - we'll keep on fighting.

"We had a couple of decent results against Brighton (last season) - they've got a different manager now but the same philosophy and roughly the same players. We have prepared ourselves best we can; we'll be tactically aware of what they do and, as I say, if we can perform the way we've been performing then we're more than capable of getting that win.

"With the closeness of the division, one or two results can leapfrog you four or five positions and a run through a certain month can put you from top to bottom. The aim was to be in the top-six come the end of the season and that is still our aim.

"We're going through a difficult moment right now, but I'm thankful that we've had that bit of luck and it's been at the beginning of the season and I'm very grateful that we've got another game on Saturday to look forward to so we can try and change that around."

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