Freedman ready for Boro test

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman anticipates an especially tough test when his team travel to the Riverside this weekend, but is backing the visitors to spoil Aitor Karanka's first home game in charge of Middlesbrough.

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Dougie Freedman: Anticipates an especially tough test

Dougie Freedman: Anticipates an especially tough test

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The man who served as Jose Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid will take his seat in the dugout in Teesside for the dawning of a new era which Freedman anticipates will provide fresh optimism for Boro players and fans alike.

Wanderers, though, have won their last three on the road and, with no Sky Bet Championship side having a better record over the past six games, their manager insists the current atmosphere around the camp suggests they travel without any fear.

"It's a very good test for the team," said Freedman.

"It's always a test when you go away from home because of the home crowd and their expectations and the players understand the dimensions of the pitch and the familiarities around the stadium.

"It's always a test away anywhere. But I think with this new manager there and the expectations of him; they'll want to try and get up there to get the season going.

"It's going to be difficult for us but I believe we're equipped. We're in good form to handle the pressure that's put upon us and the challenge that's put upon us."

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