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

‘We’ve got a chance’: Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman confident ahead of FA Cup clash with Everton

‘We’ve got a chance’: Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman confident ahead of FA Cup clash with Everton

By John McDougall

Despite already claiming a Premier League scalp, Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman believes his side can take another ahead of their FA Cup fourth round clash with Everton.

The Trotters play top-flight opposition again in the cup after defeating Sunderland 2-0 in a third round replay at the Stadium of Light last week.

And Freedman hopes lightning will strike in the same place twice when the Toffees visit the Reebok Stadium, but knows his side face a difficult task.

“The opportunity to go up against a Premier League side at home is great and I feel that, given the way we’ve been performing lately, we’ve got a chance,” said Freedman.

“Everton have a structure in place where every player knows what they’re doing and that means that we have to be fully prepared.

“David Moyes has done very well and not just this season, but we’ll give it our best shot and we’ve got a lot of quality in our squad.” 

The tie pits 16th in the Championship against fifth in the Premier League, with the Trotters unbeaten in their last four games.

Despite hailing from across the border, Freedman revealed the FA Cup is a very special competition to him and is eager to succeed in it with the Whites.

“The FA Cup is a very special competition and, even coming from Scotland, I always used to look at what was happening in England with the final,” said Freedman.

“Any game that we play, particularly in front of our home fans, we want to do well and we’re eager to win; it will be no different on Saturday.

“We make sure we train in the right way and you’re asking a team of young guys to express themselves against a Premier League side so this is very high up on our list of priorities.”

But the Everton clash will not involve West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson, who is on the verge of signing on loan for the remainder of the season.                                                          

As he played for Albion in their third round clash with Queens Park Rangers, he is cup-tied for the game against the Toffees.

Striker Marvin Sordell and American international Stuart Holden are in contention to start, but Irish midfielder Keith Andrews is out with a thigh injury.

Image courtesy of Bolton Wanderers, with thanks.

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