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No selection headache insists Dougie Freedman as Bolton Wanderers take fully-fit squad to Nottingham Forest

By Sam Ruffe

Dougie Freedman has insisted that a selection headache is a great feeling as his buoyant Bolton Wanderers side take on Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

The Scot will have almost a full squad to pick from with long-term absentees David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Mark Davies all returning from injury.

The Trotters are on a high following last weekend’s derby-day victory over Burnley, and Freedman is confident his side can deliver another winning performance.

“After the win against Burnley the players have been really lively this week,” he said.

“There’s been a great buzz about the place and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t put on another good performance this weekend.

“I’m very confident because I’ve got a lot of very good players to work with, the key to it is to keep them all happy.

“Some people describe it as a ‘selection headache’, but for me it’s the best feeling to have as a manager.”

Having only notched up one Championship victory in 2013, Bolton will head into the clash sitting just one point above the relegation zone.

The White’s visit will be the first test for Forest’s new manager Billy Davis – who started his second tenure at the City Ground last week.

And although Freedman is weary of the threat Davies’ appointment may bring, he insists he has the know-how to counter his fellow Scots tactics.

“Nottingham Forest will represent a difficult test because they’ve got a new manager and when that happens there can sometimes be changes to a team’s line-up,” Freedman explained.

“Billy’s been there before so he understands how the crowd works, but I’ve been there as a player, so I know how things work too and I’ve got ideas about how to counteract that.

“Tactically I will need to be on my toes because I may have to adjust my team, but we’re fully prepared with a ‘plan A’ and a ‘plan B’ depending on what Nottingham Forest put out.

“I expect there to be a high tempo at the beginning of the game and I expect their crowd to be fully behind them.”

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