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Cautious Dougie Freedman wary ahead of Bolton Wanderers’ clash with relegation-threatened Ipswich Town

By John McDougall

Dougie Freedman has warned Bolton Wanderers to be wary of the teams fighting to save their Championship status ahead of their trip to struggling Ipswich Town.

The Trotters go into the Portman Road clash 11 points ahead of Mick McCarthy’s men, who won the reverse fixture at the Reebok Stadium in December.

Though Freedman believes the relegation-threatened Tractor Boys are not to be underestimated, he is anticipating a positive display from his resurgent Wanderers.

“We are coming up against teams fighting for their lives now so we have to use our heads and not play emotionally,” the Glaswegian told Bolton’s official website.

“I am looking forward to seeing how far we have come since the last time we played Ipswich where I thought we played very well for 75 minutes, but we fell apart for 15 minutes.     

“It will be interesting to see how far we have come, not only with the result but in terms of our performance and our attitude towards playing the game.”

The Whites are currently on an eight-game unbeaten run – winning their last five – and are only three points from the play-off spots.

Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has missed the last two fixtures with a groin strain, with Andy Lonergan deputising and keeping successive clean sheets.

However, the 25-year-old is back fit again and feels Wanderers have the play-offs in their sights after reacting positively to Freedman’s demands.

“The play-off push is our aim and what we’re working for,” he said. “Obviously if we keep on winning we can hope for the best.

“The squad has really taken on what Dougie wants us to do. It took a bit of time but now it seems to be clicking and he is getting his message across on the pitch.

“We’re enjoying our football and working as a team. Everybody wants to see us getting results and now we are the fans realise the efforts we are putting in and are behind the team.” 

With keeper Bogdan returning to fitness, the Whites have no fresh injury worries ahead of their trip to Suffolk.    

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