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Dougie Freedman lauds Bolton Wanderers recent performances but calls for caution against Ipswich Town

By Sam Ruffe

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman is applauding the attitude of his players following a recent run of promising results as they welcome Ipswich Town this weekend.

The Trotters defeated Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on Wednesday evening – a win that increased Freedman’s unbeaten start to six games.

And the 38-year-old Scot has been impressed with the commitment of his squad as they prepare to face Mick McCarthy’s men at the Reebok.

“There is a long way to go but I think we are seeing glimpses of what this team can achieve,” he said. “We now need to keep the consistency up, and that is the big question that we have to ask ourselves because you need consistency in this league.

“I have to take my hat off to the lads as they have been fantastic in terms that they have taken on board.

“What we are trying to do on the training ground and they are trying to put things that are wrong right, and that’s credit to them.”

Bolton will be buoyed by the return of Mark Davies from suspension – however winger Martin Petrov will be sidelined with a trapped nerve in his hamstring.

And although McCarthy’s Tractor Boys are sitting just two points above the Championship relegation zone, Freedman insists that come kick-off his side won’t take anything for granted.

He said: “Ipswich are fighting for their lives as they are down the bottom, and we can’t think for one minute that we are going to just turn up and turn them over.

“My players don’t have that attitude about them, we will brief them with exactly what Ipswich have been doing, and an idea of how we can break them down.”

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