Pre-Match: Freedman on Bolton v Yeovil

  • September 27, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman believes his side are capable of turning around their poor start, starting with victory over Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Yeovil travel to the Reebok Stadium at the weekend, in what will be the first ever league meeting between the two sides - who have previously faced off twice in cup competition.

After a winless start to the new campaign, Freedman believes his players must take advantage of playing on home soil and prove their critics wrong when they meet the Glovers.

"We've had a good week's work," Freedman told the club's official website.

"We've been working on certain issues that have been disappointing for us. We believe that we had to go back to basics a little bit and back to one or two scenario situations we've found ourselves in and that will be the key to turning the season round.

"It's not a time for me to manage the players right now - it's a time for me to lead them and that's what I've been doing and I believe that I'll fix it. I had a situation similar to this a couple of years ago (at Crystal Palace) and I fixed that, so I'm more than capable of fixing this situation.

"The confidence that I've got is that these players are good enough. I suggested last week, to the board, that we bring in a loan here or there and we've done that in Neil Danns (as well as Kevin McNaughton and Liam Feeney) to help the players to get that first win and I believe that when we get that, the confidence will grow from there.

"He (Danns) is a fit guy and he works hard. He's not had as many games as we would have liked this season, but knowing him and having worked with him, he's a very fit guy and will certainly strengthen the squad.

"Yeovil are going to look at us and say to themselves that if they want to stay in this division, then they've got to take points off teams in and around them and that's what they're going to try and do.

"It's a difficult game for us because, possibly, we're the favourites to win, but considering we've not been playing fantastically well, we need to turn that round and make sure that we make it an uncomfortable 90 minutes for Yeovil. I think if we do that, then we have the quality to win the game.

"The division is very tight and every game you play is very tight - it can go either way. The league table is very tight and when you have three games in a week and you get the positive results that hopefully we'll be getting, then you can soon turn it around very quickly like what happened to us last season."

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