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

‘Running out of games’: Boss Dougie Freedman fears Bolton Wanderers’ bold promotion charge is too little too late

‘Running out of games’: Boss Dougie Freedman fears Bolton Wanderers’ bold promotion charge is too little too late

By John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers face a fight on their hands to reach the play-offs, despite a recent charge up the Championship table, warned boss Dougie Freedman.

The Trotters’ slender victory over Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers was their fourth successive win, sending them ninth in the table and extending their unbeaten run to seven.

But in spite of their recent good form, the 38-year-old believes the Whites may ultimately fall short of a trip to Wembley in May. 

“We've got a few big games coming up that I believe can keep our season alive,” the Glaswegian told BBC North West Sport.

“But games are running out quickly, which is unfortunate for us because we're finding a bit of form right now.

“I've not looked at the table because I know that if we can continue playing and I can get a few players in on loan to help the squad then I know we'll climb it.

“I'm not sure how quickly we can climb it because we're running out of games.”

Wanderers are unbeaten since early February, when they were 20th in the table and just three points above the relegation zone.

Former Manchester United trainee Chris Eagles scored Wanderers’ late winner against Blackburn – his eighth of the season – and believes the fans have driven the side on recently. 

“When the fans give you that support, it’s like a twelfth man,” Eagles told Bolton’s official website.

“It was just great to get the winner especially at home as it gives everyone a boost, especially the fans and I thought they were brilliant.

“As long as we pick up points in each game that we play it doesn’t matter who scores.

“It all went to plan and the main thing is that we’ve carried on our good run.”

The Trotters’ next game is on Saturday against promotion chasing Brighton and Hove Albion at the Reebok Stadium. 

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