‘Exploit their weaknesses’: Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman eyes result against Derby County

By John McDougall 

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman is calling upon his players to produce another performance full of character when they travel to Pride Park to play Derby County. 
The Trotters were only in the East Midlands a few days ago, coming from behind to claim a draw against County’s intense rivals, Nottingham Forest. 

And after seeing his team salvage a point against Forest, Freedman believes the Whites can do even better against a strong Derby side. 

“The way we have been playing, especially away from home, our character is building especially after Saturday,” the Glaswegian told Bolton’s official website. 

“It will be a tough game because Derby are very good at home. They play with a high tempo and make sure they get crosses in the box. 

“Derby have a few weaknesses which I think our players can exploit. I can see a very close game but I can definitely see goals.” 

Wanderers go into the game 16th in the Championship table, four points above the relegation zone and five behind Tuesday’s opponents Derby. 

Freedman singled out particular praise for January transfer window signing Craig Davies, who scored Bolton’s equaliser against Forest and has settled in well at the Reebok Stadium. 

“Craig Davies has done very well,” he said. “He is good value for money and he brings the right desire and hunger to the club. 

“He has been working very hard over the past three or four weeks to understand how big this club is and the expectation levels. 

“I thought it was the right way to put him in by bringing him off the bench to score goals and he has done very well.” 

The Scot also praised the impact Wanderers fans had against Forest, believing their steadfast support sets an example to be followed. 

“The spirit is there, we want success together and the fans on Saturday were a credit to this football club,” said Freedman. 

“They support the team right until the end and it is fantastic to see that.” 

Marcos Alonso is suspended following his red card against Forest and midfielder Mark Davies, despite being unavailable, is back in training. 

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