Freedman: We can break down Brighton's iron defence

Bolton celebrate their goal at the Amex this season

Bolton celebrate their goal at the Amex this season

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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says he has spotted why Albion are conceding so few goals.

And he believes his team can spoil the best defensive record in the Championship.

The Seagulls have the leading goals-against ratio in the division away from home with 0.75 per match.

They are now joint top with QPR for fewest goals conceded home and away in the division (0.82 per game), having surpassed Burnley in midweek.

And they lead the Championship in clean sheets with 16, including nine away from home.

But Bolton have put four past Blackburn (see accompanying video) and five past Leeds in the last fortnight and reckon they can pierce the Seagulls’ rearguard.

Freedman said: “They defend in a little bit different way.

“We’ve looked at them a lot on videos.

“The manager has got them defending a little bit deeper and they go on the counter-attack.

“That’s fine. We’ve got the personnel in our team and the ideas in our team to break them down eventually.”

Freedman was pleased with the defensive strength his side showed to grind out a 0-0 draw at Derby on Tuesday.

He added: “I know there are goals in us and now I know there’s a clean sheet and resilience is in us.

“We just need to make sure we continue the form we are in and continue to do the simple things well.”

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10:57am Sat 15 Mar 14

tug509 says...

Perhaps freedman you should take another look at those stats ,they are over 34 games ,and you are gonna change that in 1 !! .

SEAGULLS ...
Perhaps freedman you should take another look at those stats ,they are over 34 games ,and you are gonna change that in 1 !! . SEAGULLS ... tug509
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11:30am Sat 15 Mar 14

russellsnr2 says...

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says he has spotted why Albion are conceding so few goals.
Not difficult really (1) we keep hold of the ball (2) Best defence in the division.
Next question?
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says he has spotted why Albion are conceding so few goals. Not difficult really (1) we keep hold of the ball (2) Best defence in the division. Next question? russellsnr2
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11:38am Sat 15 Mar 14

WestStander17 says...

Has he been watching videos of the right team?! If there is one thing Brighton don't do, it's counter-attack. Not often anyway. We keep the ball better than most and have Upson & Kuszczak when called upon.
Has he been watching videos of the right team?! If there is one thing Brighton don't do, it's counter-attack. Not often anyway. We keep the ball better than most and have Upson & Kuszczak when called upon. WestStander17
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11:53am Sat 15 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
Perhaps freedman you should take another look at those stats ,they are over 34 games ,and you are gonna change that in 1 !! .

SEAGULLS ...
But Tug you have to remember that this is THE Mr. Freedman talking, we should sit up an pay attention. Having watched the same videos that other managers have watched, he has spotted how we do it, that's impressive.
Now he has told us that he has a plan that will work, 'eventually,' not sure if he means within the 90 minutes of today's match or, sometime next year, but 'eventually,' the plan will deliver. Gotta tell ya pal, I am in awe of he that is, Freedman.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Perhaps freedman you should take another look at those stats ,they are over 34 games ,and you are gonna change that in 1 !! . SEAGULLS ...[/p][/quote]But Tug you have to remember that this is THE Mr. Freedman talking, we should sit up an pay attention. Having watched the same videos that other managers have watched, he has spotted how we do it, that's impressive. Now he has told us that he has a plan that will work, 'eventually,' not sure if he means within the 90 minutes of today's match or, sometime next year, but 'eventually,' the plan will deliver. Gotta tell ya pal, I am in awe of he that is, Freedman. VegasSeagull
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2:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Perhaps freedman you should take another look at those stats ,they are over 34 games ,and you are gonna change that in 1 !! .

SEAGULLS ...
But Tug you have to remember that this is THE Mr. Freedman talking, we should sit up an pay attention. Having watched the same videos that other managers have watched, he has spotted how we do it, that's impressive.
Now he has told us that he has a plan that will work, 'eventually,' not sure if he means within the 90 minutes of today's match or, sometime next year, but 'eventually,' the plan will deliver. Gotta tell ya pal, I am in awe of he that is, Freedman.
Hey Vegas ,yep this guy is a tactical genius ,i dont know what we will do ,oh dear ,oh dear ,i think we should forfeit the game from fear ,....or just kick his a5s ,yep that will give him another chance to watch us on video !!.
All the best ,and UTA .
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Perhaps freedman you should take another look at those stats ,they are over 34 games ,and you are gonna change that in 1 !! . SEAGULLS ...[/p][/quote]But Tug you have to remember that this is THE Mr. Freedman talking, we should sit up an pay attention. Having watched the same videos that other managers have watched, he has spotted how we do it, that's impressive. Now he has told us that he has a plan that will work, 'eventually,' not sure if he means within the 90 minutes of today's match or, sometime next year, but 'eventually,' the plan will deliver. Gotta tell ya pal, I am in awe of he that is, Freedman.[/p][/quote]Hey Vegas ,yep this guy is a tactical genius ,i dont know what we will do ,oh dear ,oh dear ,i think we should forfeit the game from fear ,....or just kick his a5s ,yep that will give him another chance to watch us on video !!. All the best ,and UTA . tug509
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Sat 15 Mar 14

bbb1969 says...

When was Freedman planning to break our defence down ?? I assume he means in aa future season
When was Freedman planning to break our defence down ?? I assume he means in aa future season bbb1969
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