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Dougie Freedman wants Bolton Wanderers’ attacking quality to fire Trotters to first win in 2013

By Alex Bysouth

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has called on his side to show their attacking firepower ahead of their clash with Millwall at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Freedman has strengthened his frontline with the signing of Craig Davies from Barnsley as Wanderers go in search of their first victory in 2013.

The Scot believes his side have the edge on paper, but praised visiting boss Kenny Jackett and the hard working nature of his Millwall squad.

“We have to make sure that we’re disciplined in our closing down and make sure that we show the quality that I know we have in the final third,” Freedman told the club’s website.

“Millwall are a very difficult side to beat. Kenny Jackett is a manager who demands hard work and his teams to show spirit and fight for each other.

“They’ve caught out a lot of teams this year because people have possibly taken them a bit lightly.

“They don’t necessarily have the biggest names on paper, but they have got a really good team and we’re going to have to be at it from the word go.”

Stuart Holden and Josh Vela continue their recovery from long-term knee injuries after featuring for the reserves in midweek, but Freedman will not rush the pair into first team action.

“I’m very excited about the prospect of Stuart returning because he doesn’t just bring quality to the team,” added the former Crystal Palace boss.

“He also brings tremendous enthusiasm and desire to the training ground and that is invaluable.

“I’m not going to put too much pressure on him because he’s only played a couple of reserve games, but he is slowly getting there.”

Wanderers sit eight points below Jackett’s Millwall side and need a win to avoid slipping back into a relegation scrap in the Championship.

Freedman has no fresh injury concerns, but still has to do without long-term absentees David Wheater, Matt Mills and Mark Davies.

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