Updated: Monday, 22nd July 2019 @ 4:21pm

'Brilliant' week spurs on new Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman before televised Cardiff City clash

'Brilliant' week spurs on new Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman before televised Cardiff City clash

By Alex Bysouth

New Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman is looking forward to facing league leaders Cardiff City on Saturday after a ‘brilliant’ first week with his players.

Wanderers welcome Cardiff to the Reebok in the Championship’s late kick-off and Freedman has been impressed with the attitude of his squad during his first few days in charge.

The former Crystal Palace manager understands implementing his ideas may take some time but has said his players are already showing signs of improvement.

“This week has been brilliant,” said Freedman, who was joined by former assistant Lennie Lawrence.

“I have really enjoyed it. I have worked with the players this week and they have been fantastic, they have been really responsive to what I have been asking of them.

“I believe that through my development training that we will improve and within this week there has already been some very small improvements, but it will take time to put my ideas in place.

“There has been a fantastic attitude towards working. I believe I have judged them this week and how their attitudes are and it has been different class.

“They have turned up and they have worked at it. They won’t be able to pick it up in five minutes, it will take time and it will improve them as players.

Freedman can already boast a victory over the visitors this season after masterminding a three-goal comeback when in charge of Palace, but is aware his side face a tough test tomorrow.

With three games in eight days the Trotters boss will be looking to test his squad’s strength in depth and will give a majority of his players a chance to impress over the coming month.

He said: “Cardiff are a good hard-working team who have got quality in top areas, and if you put these ingredients together you have a quality side and they find themselves top of the league.

“But from a selfish point of view I am glad this fixture has come quickly as it is going to tell me how far we are away in playing and points total, and it will tell me exactly what we have got to do and where we have to strengthen to climb up the division.

“The Championship is a very intense league and from the team that starts on Saturday, it is highly unlikely that we’ll play the same side on Tuesday against Leicester.

“My experience tells me that you shouldn’t be afraid to change the team in the Championship.

“So I will be using my whole squad over the next month and I will be very surprised if everyone doesn’t get game time.”

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