Freedman keen on new faces

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman remains hoepful of strengthening his squad before the transfer window closes on Monday night.

Freedman was clearly frustrated at the financial difficulties in trying to bring in new players before the deadline when asked after the 4-1 defeat at Blackburn, but conceded he may have to do so with his team’s worrying away record reading at just two wins in the previous 16 league games.

He said: “We need to try our best to recruit, which is difficult. We’re in a situation where we’ve got a lot of players on big and long contracts and we’ve got to try and recruit a certain type of player that shows a little bit more hunger for the football club.

“I’ve had to loan Marvin Sordell and Keith Andrews out for a fraction of their money to try and generate some money and I’m going to try and recycle that.

“It’s not that the money isn’t there. Money has been there, but it’s in contracts and it’s very difficult to try and reshuffle.”

Rovers put two past the visitors in as many first-half minutes, first through David Dunn after 27 minutes who danced past three challenges before tapping home and a minute later Rhodes buried a sweeping half-volley.

Alex Baptiste gave the visitors hope on the stroke of half-time with a powerful finish but Corry Evans scored a spectacular half-volley to end any thought of a comeback after 70 minutes and Rhodes bagged a second from close range seven minutes from time.

Freedman bemoaned the individual mistakes that led to the goals after watching his team slump to the bottom of the Championship. It is the first time the Trotters have failed to win any of their first five league games since 1984.

“Individual mistakes hurt us dearly. Two goals in a minute are hard to take,” he said.

“I felt we got ourselves back in the game with some fight, determination and spirit to be 2-1 at half-time. We’ve had a few opportunities in the second half to make a game of it but not taken them.

“Another individual mistake gives them a third goal and then we threw caution to the wind in the last 20 minutes with four forwards on the pitch and conceded the fourth goal, so all in all I’m disappointed with the result and the individual performance of the defending.

“I think certain players were very good and others let themselves down. The players are hurting because they know they’re better than that.”