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Freedman: I'm Building A Team

Bolton haven't suffered many defeats in the past dozen or so championship games but they did suffer a setback on Tuesday night.

Leicester City wrapped up the championship title with a 1-0 win over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night thanks to a second half strike from Lloyd Dyer.

Dougie Freedman wasn't too unhappy at the defeat, you never want to lose but he has decided that he wanted to use the championship champions as the side to compare what he's trying to do with Bolton.

However unlike the Foxes the Bolton boss knows he will need to find some of his younger diamonds that are slightly rougher and need more polishing as unlike Leicester the money pit isn't as large at Bolton.

Freedman told the media: 'I'm building a team that is committed and is going to put their bodies on the line for the cause.

'You can start to see that in the second half of the season with our points tally. Leicester have done it in a way that I would like to copy with young, hungry players.

'They went and bought their players for a significant amount of money; we are going to have to find them a little bit rougher and polish them up.'

Mr Ecky sends his best to the Vital Bolton community, he's currently not well, he'll be back as soon as possible and in the meantime, he's got a staff writer to fill in for him.

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Date:Thursday April 24 2014

Time: 11:46AM

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To be fair I thought the boys did well against the champions. It was a good game and could easily have gone the other way. Still think his subs are too late and often not what's needed though. Anyway looking forward to our last ever game at the Reebok before the new sponsorship starts. Let's hope Macron bring us better luck, it does worry me rather that we couldn't get Adidas to stay involved.
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24/04/2014 12:50:00

I thought they gave us a football lesson, confident on the ball, good movement, individual skill and altogether the best team I"ve seen at the Reebok this year. Having said that, we were down to bare-bones, so to speak and if our strikers had had found a bit more composure in front of goal, we might have nicked it. But that's the difference between really talented players and second-tier footballers. I thought the kids did well, particularly Kellet, who played with youthful confidence. That augurs well for next season.
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24/04/2014 15:51:00

Kellet looked hungry, unfortunately White struggled but with a bit more time might help him. Leicester played some lovely football and I fear its a while away until we can do that too.
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24/04/2014 18:58:00

White did struggle throughout, but I wondered whether he was continually in two minds as to how to play wing-back. Going forward he was too easily brushed off the ball for a big lad. He needs to get his balance right on the ball. Without doubt Kellet was the pick, but Lester didn't see much of the ball. On a different matter, what does everyone think about Trotter? It seems pretty certain that he will be given a contract in the summer! He just doesn't cut it for me. May be it's his awkward style! But I don't see anyway that he can ever dominate mid-field and I don't see how he is an improvement on Andrews!
Barney Grumble
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24/04/2014 20:26:00

When you say everyone, I think it is just you and me!! Everyone else seems to have disappeared. As for Trotter I would like him to disappear, I don't see anything about him at the moment worth keeping. That said I felt the same about Mason. However I don't think he will improve in the same way.
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25/04/2014 07:55:00

In his defence, he does seem to have become slimmer and more mobile after playing with us. And he does slip the odd intelligent ball through to the front men. But basically, he just keeps the ball moving a few feet in midfield and rarely in a forceful way, usually in a sideways or backwards direction. What on earth Dougie sees in him, except perhaps the cost, I have no idea. He resembles a clumsy cart horse. The sort of lad who got picked last when we were choosing sides as teenagers! There must be brighter specimens in the lower leagues, just waiing for their chance. Over to you, Gav!
Barney Grumble
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25/04/2014 09:23:00

As far as I know, he's inexpensive backup for Mark Davies. And Mark Davies needs backup as he's quite fragile.
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25/04/2014 10:44:00

It sounds like he's about to take his fragility down to South Wales this summer. I hope that doesn't mean that Trotter will be promoted!!
Barney Grumble
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25/04/2014 20:49:00

He's a worse Pratley
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26/04/2014 01:30:00

Then he scores a wonder goal.....Typical. Still dont think much to him at the moment. As for back up for Mark Davies I too believe he is off and even if it wasn't Wales he will go somewhere.
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26/04/2014 23:52:00

Trotter has undoubtedly improved from a very low starting point and we have to appreciate that. He will definitely stay, so we are just going to have to hope he becomes unrecognisable from the original package. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the appearance, movement, gait, or natural talent of a top footballer. But if he can come on for twenty minutes next year and bang one in, that might just swing it for him!!.....He's probably a very nice person!
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