Pre-Match: Freedman on Bolton v Burnley

  • February 11, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman says Bolton are trying to follow in Burnley's footsteps, as the two sides prepare to meet on Tuesday night.

Wanderers welcome the Clarets to the Reebok Stadium without a win in their last seven league games, while Sean Dyche's side are unbeaten in the same number of matches - dating back to Boxing Day.

Speaking ahead of the game, Freedman says Burnley's model of dropping out of the Premier League and signing talented young players is something he is striving for. The Trotters boss also revealed how he tried to sign Danny Ings over the last couple of years.

"I'm determined to make things work here," Freedman told the club's official website. "We have got a model, and it is very similar to what Burnley have done since they came down from the Premier League.

"They have signed a lot of young and hungry players, who haven't really experienced what this club has in recent years.

"We've got look to do what Burnley have been doing for the last few years, signing young and hungry players like Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Ben Mee. These players come in on smaller wage budgets and suddenly get the team moving again.

"We're already working on that front and I think that has shown in some of the players that have come in.

"You only have to look at the likes of Medo (Kamara) and Jay Spearing. Lukas Jutkiewicz has come in too, and these kinds of players are the right age. Liam Trotter is the right age and we are moving in the right direction.

"We've been watching Danny (Ings) a lot. He's someone I've tried to sign on a number of occasions, during my time both here at Bolton and at Crystal Palace.

"It doesn't surprise me what Danny has done this season. He's a very dangerous player who has that hunger to succeed.

"I felt that when we played them earlier in the season, although he scored, we kept him relatively quiet. We have a plan in place for him for Tuesday night.

"We'll be looking to try and squeeze up on the space in which he likes to operate."

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