Bolton Wanderers mood good going into crucial final three games, insists Dougie Freedman

By John McDougall

Dougie Freedman insists his Bolton Wanderers side are raring to go with a final play-off push ahead of their clash with Middlesbrough at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers will be looking for their eighth consecutive home league win and bounce back from the midweek defeat to Leicester City.

And following their loss against the Foxes, Freedman is eager for his players to get back on track with a positive result against Tony Mowbray’s men.

“Going into these three final games now can’t be more pleasing,” he told Bolton’s official website.

“We have worked very hard in terms of our fitness, structure and organisation.

“The mood is great, it’s fantastic. I thought we played a fantastic game the other day against Leicester.

“Obviously the result wasn’t what we wanted it to be but the character they showed was fantastic.”

The Trotters go into the game against Boro just a point outside the Championship play-off places with three games to go.

Freedman feels Wanderers’ recent charge towards the play-offs has been down to hard work on the training ground, leading to the Trotters becoming a more dynamic outfit.

“We’re a real strong unit right now and we’re starting to get the rewards of our hard work on the training ground,” said the Glaswegian.

“That’s pleasing to see as a coach. We’re enjoying it and we play with no fear.

“We’ve seen different styles in terms of being patient, passing the ball and opening teams up and seen the steel and determination to not concede a goal.

“We’re in a good place right now in terms of balanced performances and the lads are certainly looking forward to these games.”

David N’Gog is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder sustained against Leicester, while on-loan Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing is out for three weeks with a broken toe.

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