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Freedman wary of Tigers threat

Posted: Fri 22 Feb 2013
Author: BWFC Staff

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Manager Dougie Freedman is looking for his side to be clinical in front of goal tomorrow afternoon against promotion chasing Hull City.

The Whites return to the Reebok Stadium for the first time in a fortnight following back to back games against Midlands duo Nottingham Forest and Derby County. 

Unbeaten in their last three league outings, Freedman is confident his side can collect maximum points against the Tigers who currently occupy second spot in the Championship table.

“Hull City are going well, they have a system which is working for them and I have seen them play a few times already this season,” said the Scot on Friday afternoon at the club’s Euxton based training ground.

“They are a counter attacking team, they are not a team who pass from the back, they are a very strong unit and they try and catch you on the counter attack. We have to make sure that we take our chances because they do not give you a lot of opportunities.

“It will be a tough game, they always are but I do believe this game at home suits us because we have played well at home against the likes of Millwall, Burnley, Everton and Sunderland.

“We need a little rub of the green, we need to make sure that when we are on top we stay on top and score at the correct time.

“As a manager I want to make sure we play at our highest level. We have played ok in the last two games, to other teams that might be satisfactory but for me as a coach and for this football club we have to do better.”

In recent weeks, Wanderers have shown on the field of play that they are on the right path which is a more than pleasing sign for the manager with 14 games remaining of the league campaign.

He continued: “We are very close and it has shown in the last two games. The difference against Derby is that we had control but we didn’t take our chances in the second half.

“I have said to the lads that they have to keep on believing in themselves and what we are doing. We have a good structure; we are compact and work hard for each other.

“The commitment is certainly there and I am very proud to be able to say that, fans look to see if the commitment and the effort is there. We need to make sure we attack at the right times better, in attack we might be too structured and we need a bit more free flow in our attack which I am looking forward to doing.

“The supporters were outstanding in the last two games away from home; they are a credit to the team.

“It is tough away from home and we are trying to give our best for the fans and the support we have been receiving has been second to none.”

On a final note ahead of this weekend’s game against Steve Bruce’s men, Freedman explained the reasoning behind striker Tom Eaves’ loan move to League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.  

“Tom Eaves has done fantastic and I am really pleased with his attitude. He is working hard and I was very close to involving Tom in a few games. This move gives him a good opportunity to play more first team games and it will be a big help in his development.

“Therefore Tom has joined Shrewsbury Town in League One and he has gone there for a month but I really like Tom and I would like to bring him into the team soon. “