Dougie Freedman: Bolton manager 'does not fear for job'

Dougie Freedman

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman says he does not fear for his position despite more frustration at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers have won just two league games at home this term and lost 1-0 to promotion-chasing Burnley on Tuesday.

The defeat leaves Bolton 19th in the Championship table and five points above the relegation zone.

When asked if he worried for his job, Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester: "I don't have that sort of fear. I don't live my life that way."

The former Crystal Palace manager, 39, continued: "My experience tells me I'm a fighter, I like a challenge and I'm a person who keeps on going.

"People say football's got a habit of kicking you in the teeth and it certainly does - I'm finding that right now.

"I understand where we are and I don't fear for anything. All I do is care for my group of players and make sure they go out there fully committed."

Wanderers were in a similar position in the table at this stage last season but produced a remarkable run and only missed out on a play-off spot on goal difference.

But Freedman came under more pressure from Bolton fans after their winless sequence in the league, which stretches back to Boxing Day, reached eight matches on Tuesday.

"They pay good money and they're frustrated, I understand that, but they can't say our team's not giving it a go or we're lacking commitment for the jersey," added the Scot. "Small mistakes are costing us dearly right now.

"I can't criticise the players tonight. I would if I thought it wasn't quite right. We played well, as we did in the first half against Bournemouth and many times, but 45 minutes is not quite enough.

"We need one or two people really to step up to the plate and be a little bit more responsible for taking a goal or keep a goal out of our net."

Bolton's next Championship fixture is at Millwall, a team two points and two places below Wanderers in the table, on Saturday.

Freedman hopes to have full-back Goran Popov, currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Dynamo Kiev, in his squad for that game, having seen his attempts to sign the Macedonia international held up by the authorities.

The Premier League and Football League have so far refused to sanction the transfer as rules state that Football League sides are only allowed to sign players from English clubs outside the transfer window.

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