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Training ground work paying off, says Dougie Freedman after Bolton Wanderers’ third straight home win

By Sam Ruffe

Dougie Freedman insists Bolton Wanderers’ training ground graft is finally paying off as they continue to climb the Championship table.

Last night’s 1-0 victory against Peterborough United was the Trotters’ third consecutive home victory and a fifth successive game without defeat.

This impressive run has catapulted Bolton up to tenth in the Championship and Freedman, who took over the Whites in October last year, said his side’s hard work is finally reaping rewards.

“For me, the signs were there that the training ground work we do day in day out is paying off,” he explained.

“We have been performing well of late and not always getting the results. Peterborough was not only a clean sheet and three points, but it was our fifth game undefeated and our third straight home win.

“All in all, we’re picking up points and moving in the right direction and that’s what it’s all about.”

Bolton began February with a disappointing 2-1 loss away to Watford which left them sitting just three points above the relegation zone.

However victories against Burnley, Hull City and Peterborough, coupled with draws against Nottingham Forest and Derby County, means Bolton are just seven points away from a coveted play-off place.

Meanwhile, Mark Davies, one important factor in Bolton’s resurgence, has signed a contract extension keeping him at the Reebok till 2017.

Although Davies limped off with a knee problem against Peterborough last night, Freedman was determined to secure the Englishman’s future in a white shirt.

“I wanted to get it done,” Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester. “I came into the club in October and they were talking to him. It was dragging on a little bit and I wanted to put an end to it.

“I want him to be at the club and I think the fans do. I want to build the team around him, so I just tied up the loose ends.”

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