Pre-Match: Freedman on Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday

  • October 18, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman is confident his side's recent upturn in results will continue when Bolton host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

A draw at Blackpool, followed up with a win at Birmingham City, helped bring an air of enthusiasm back to supporters before the international break, as Wanderers moved out of the relegation zone following an early season slump.

Dave Jones' Owls are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium at the weekend and Freedman believes there will be no repeat of last season's outcome - when Wednesday beat Bolton at the Reebok on Boxing Day.

"The games are very tight in this division and they are often settled on one or two goals maximum, so we will treat the Sheffield Wednesday game as we do any other," Freedman told the club's official website.

"They've got one or two fantastic players in their team and Dave Jones knows what he's doing.

"We've got to make sure we approach it in the right way and maintain the intensity that we play with at home and hopefully we'll get the result that the performances have merited over the past few home games.

With Liam Feeney, Kevin McNaughton and Neil Danns all impressing since joining on loan last month, Freedman admits the trio have brought a freshness to the club and he believes their new-found influence can help the side through a busy couple of months.

"Change is good sometimes, especially with players," he said. "Sometimes you can get it where the squad becomes a little stale and it's also good for the fans as well.

"A couple of players left in the summer and we replaced them, but we've also brought in the three loan signings which have done very well for us.

"Unfortunately we only have one game a week for the next month, but then we go into the very busy period of December where last season we didn't really have the squad rotation to do well over the Christmas period.

"I remember us playing well but not picking up the points, so I'm going to make sure that we've got a good strong squad to rotate because that is key.

"The players have got that little bit of competition now which is great. People are now under pressure for places and nobody is guaranteed their spot which I think is healthy.

"We have a full strength squad, which is very good for us. We're in a different place to where we were a couple of weeks ago so I think if we can maintain the performances which we've shown and take one or two opportunities when they come our way, then we'll have enough to win the game."

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