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‘See games out’: Boss Dougie Freedman looking to tackle Bolton Wanderers defensive woes

By Alex Bysouth

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has admitted his side’s weakness lies in defence ahead of their trip to Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday.

Freedman believes it is up to the coaching staff to shore up Wanderers leaky backline and give them the confidence to hold onto a lead.

The Trotters have dropped points when seemingly in control of games and Freedman will address this with players and staff before travelling to the John Smith’s Stadium.

“We need to have that mindset that we can see certain games out,” he told the Bolton News.

“I look at certain games – Blackpool, Barnsley, Ipswich – we were in the lead with 10-20 minutes to go. That is a lot of dropped points.

“From the sidelines, we as coaches have probably got to have a couple more plans in our mind, defensively.

“You have always got the plan on how you will approach the game – plan A and, if that doesn’t work, plan B. But we have got to look at a couple more ideas, defensively.”

Freedman feels he learned a lot about his team during the defeat against Ipswich Town last weekend, but took positives in identifying where Wanderers weaknesses lie.

“You are better knowing your faults so that you can deal with them rather than keep scratching your head and wondering why,” he said.

“I came out of last weekend knowing more about my team than I have learned over the previous six games.

“I know aspects of that performance were top quality. I also know we didn’t hold on to the lead.”

And the Scot is keen to embrace the challenge of shaping his new side into a well rounded outfit, building on the Trotters attacking prowess while forming a solid defence.

“We have got the ability to take the lead, to pass the ball around teams, but we need to put it all together.

“I look in my short time here and it has happened, it’s a challenge for us but that’s great, we’ll embrace it and deal with it.”

Freedman has no fresh injury concerns, but although American Stuart Holden returned to training this week, the midfielder is not yet ready for first team action.

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