Manager's Blackburn Reaction

"I felt we controlled the game, passed the ball very well and moved it quickly throughout," says Freedman after the win at Blackburn

Dougie Freedman praised his side’s determination and effort, as Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to six games following a 2-1 derby day win at Blackburn.

Kevin Davies’ goal after just two minutes saw the Trotters get off to the perfect start, before Chung-Yong Lee doubled the advantage soon after the restart.

The hosts reduced arrears late on when Jordan Rhodes headed home a left-wing cross, but ultimately it was Freedman’s side that ran out deserved victors.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, the manager said: “We made six changes to freshen things up and we have the ability to do that at the club.

“The players are putting everything they can in at training and showing me that they want to play. We have a big squad and we will use it.

“The movement was fantastic throughout the course of the game and all in all it was a great team performance from the first minute to the last.

“We got off to a flying start. I felt we controlled the game, passed the ball very well and moved it very quickly throughout.

“Full credit to Blackburn who kept on going. They never made it easy for us but we stood up and stayed strong.

“However, if you look at the game through chances, opportunities created and goals scored, we deserved to win the game.

“It was a real intense derby atmosphere and our travelling support was tremendous. I was told we had 3,000 fans with us, but to be honest it felt like double that. They gave us a great backing and played their part.

“What is pleasing as a coach, is when you look at the whole game, we played well, scored good goals and were prepared to put bodies on the line when defending.

“I want to do the best I can for the fans. They pay their money and they deserve to see us putting our all into the game and the team did that tonight.

“We remain unbeaten. We have a real positive attitude in place, and we will look to take that into the Ipswich game.”
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