Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 8:03pm

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman rejects relegation fears and targets climb up Championship table

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman rejects relegation fears and targets climb up Championship table

By John McDougall

Despite Bolton Wanderers being without a league win in 2013 and languishing three points above the relegation zone, manager Dougie Freedman remains defiant about their survival chances.

The weekend defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road means the Whites have taken two points from their last available 12.  

But Freedman insists his focus is firmly on improving performances on the pitch despite their precarious league position.

“I don't think that way and anyone who wants to help the club shouldn't think that way either,” Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester.

“I'm more concerned about us winning games of football. We're not far away from these teams.

“I know, and those who have any idea about what they are talking about, understand the way we’re playing, we’re very close to it.”   

Freedman has experienced a difficult start to life at the Reebok Stadium, winning only five of his 21 games in charge since replacing Owen Coyle last October.    

To compound their recent poor league form, the Trotters were also beaten in the FA Cup fourth round by Premier League side Everton.

The 38-year-old Glaswegian remains confident, however, that the Trotters have the talent in their squad to fire themselves up the Championship table.

“I've been here 1,000 times as a player and a manager. We've got the qualities in the squad to springboard us up the league,” said Freedman

"We're in a difficult moment where we feel everything is going against us. We'll regroup, we stand together and we'll springboard up, no problem.

“We just need that little bit of luck. I’ve got the dressing room and I know I’ve got enough quality.”

Bolton’s next game is against promotion-chasing Burnley at the Reebok Stadium. 

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