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‘Not concerned’: Dougie Freedman dismisses Bolton Wanderers’ Christmas woes after Sheff Wed loss

By Alex Bysouth

Dougie Freedman stressed he is not concerned by Bolton Wanderers back-to-back losses after defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the Reebok Stadium compounded a miserable Christmas period.

A powerful first half header from Mamady Sidibe – on loan from Stoke City – was enough to give Wednesday the win, despite several David N’Gog efforts for the home side.

Freedman believes his side need to start producing consistent results if they are to move away from the bottom half of the Championship table.

“It does surprise me that we are so close to the bottom,” he told the BBC. “But it doesn’t concern me because I’ve seen what this group is capable of.

“I put the defeat down to their good defence, which we couldn’t break down and the consistency of our results is not where it should be at this time.”

This was Wanderers second successive defeat and Freedman knows he needs to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.

“I think the players’ need a bit of a hand and we need to recruit two or maybe three guys who have played at this level before.”

Sidibe gave the visitors the lead inside 25 minutes with his first goal for the Owls, after Ngog and Martin Petrov had failed to open the scoring for the home side.

N’Gog was leading the line for the Trotters in the absence of suspended captain Kevin Davies, and came closest to saving a point for Freedman’s side.

Wanderers welcome Birmingham City to the Reebok before travelling to Elland Road to face Leeds United on New Year’s Day.

Freedman will welcome the return of target man Davies for these fixtures, but will have to wait a little longer for influential players David Wheater and Mark Davies to return from injuries.

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