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Tough trips don't daunt Dougie

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman acknowledges results against fellow strugglers will decide his side's fate this season, but does not fear travelling to most of the teams around them.

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Dougie Freedman: Fate is still in Bolton's hands

Dougie Freedman: Fate is still in Bolton's hands

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Wanderers must play four of the five sides currently below them in the table - Millwall, Doncaster, Charlton and Yeovil - all on the road, with Barnsley the only side in that struggling quintet heading for the Reebok Stadium.

However, with Freedman's side having only won two Sky Bet Championships games at home all season, compared to four on their travels, the manager is not daunted by the fixture list down the stretch.

"We have got a lot of games away from home but I still think our away form - give or take a couple of results - has been very good," said the Scot, whose side were hammered 7-1 at Reading last month.

"We've won more games than last year so that doesn't scare me at all."

Freedman has recently expressed his concerns about his players' mental state, which was epitomised when they threw away a two-goal lead at Bournemouth last weekend before appearing sapped when Burnley scored the only goal in a derby three days later.

Asked if it may, therefore, benefit his team to be playing more crucial fixtures away from an expectant home support, Freedman added: "Maybe so. Some players view home games and away games differently, they certainly do.

"Players take stick away from home and it gets them going, some players take more stick at home. Every player is different. I don't think you can say the team, I think you can say individual players perform differently at home and away."

The Trotters have not won in the league since Boxing Day, which has cranked up the pressure on Freedman ahead of Saturday's pivotal meeting with Millwall.

Freedman insists the atmosphere in the camp has not changed, though, despite a few exasperated faces greeting the final whistle of the loss to neighbours Burnley on Tuesday.

"I don't run the training ground like that - up and down," the ex-Crystal Palace boss added.

"Even when we're winning games and riding high we don't do anything differently. If you come in and see me work, I work every day on the same things. Win, lose or draw we still work on the same things so when the players come in they know what they're going to get.

"The atmosphere is still very much the same. Through this bad spell the players have always shown courage to get on the ball and take the game to them. What's happening now is little setbacks opening up scars and that's what we've got to get over."

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