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Bolton Wanderers can’t rule out play-off bid after international break, warns assistant boss Lennie Lawrence

By John McDougall

Getting back into the Premier League is still an achievable target for Bolton Wanderers this season, according to assistant manager Lennie Lawrence.

Lawrence moved to the Reebok Stadium to join manager Dougie Freedman last November, and has overseen the Trotters climb to eighth in the Championship table.  

After losing their eight-game unbeaten run Ipswich Town, Lawrence believes Wanderers need to hit the ground running when returning from the international break against former club Charlton Athletic.

“It’s a difficult one with eight games to go – we’ll have to win five or six,” the 65-year-old told Talksport.

“I think the break has come at a good time for us, a few have gone off on international duty and quite a few needed a rest.

“We couldn’t go into these games in a better mood or confidence. We’ve had that good run just at the right time which has got us on the fringes of it.

“If we can come back refreshed and get off to a good run at Charlton Athletic when we come back, then who knows what might happen.”  

The Whites are five points off the play-offs and had won their last five games prior to the loss at Portman Road.                

Lawrence insists he remained loyal enough to follow Freedman to the North West and feels the 38-year-old has a bright future in management. 

“Once Dougie had decided to accept the offer, for me it was about loyalty to him. It was a straightforward one for me,” said Lawrence. 

“Having done so many games, there was an element of mentoring. 

“He has got enormous potential. He’s cracking on at a rate of knots and he’s got that enthusiasm and that desire that you need in a young manager.”   

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