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“I know exactly what Blackpool are and what we are going to do against them"

Ben Hoskins

Manager Dougie Freedman has rallied his troops and the fans ahead of tomorrow's vital clash against Blackpool at the Reebok Stadium. The result has the potential to define Bolton's future for the next few seasons and a win is crucial for Bolton Wanderers to push on in their promotion campaign.

Bolton Wanderers sit in sixth, a place above Nottingham Forest, but are level on points in the hunt for the sixth and final play-off spot. As such, Bolton fans are more nervous than usual.

Speaking to the club's official website, Freedman reaffirmed his club's beliefs and the fact that they are prepared:

"We have prepared for the game the same way as usual.

"Our programme over the last month has seen our training intensity come down, we have had our programme planned for many months and we have done exactly what we have planned.

"Our preparation has been the exact same, the lads are relaxed and fresh. We have been in this position for the last three months having to win football matches so they are very comfortable what they have to do on Saturday.

"I know exactly what Blackpool are and what we are going to do against them. We have the team we are going to play, I haven't told the players because I want to keep them on their toes.

"The good thing right now is I am sitting comfortable. If I have to call Stuart Holden in for the final minutes for the Cardiff game he knows what he is doing.

"If I have to call on Josh Vela, who wasn't playing one month ago, I am confident because of how Josh has been training.

"Blackpool will be trying to finish the season on a high and that will be Paul Ince's team talk. Paul will be looking for his team to finish on a high; they are professional people.

"We have to make sure we have the right balance in terms of attack and defending, we need to make sure we know their strengths and weaknesses, so there is no way we are taking Saturday's game lightly.

"In the last three games we have played with direction and the players have seen a light at the end of the tunnel."

The Trotters are expecting close to a full house at the Reebok as tickets are going fast.

Freedman has also made mention of the fact that the players are eager to thank the fans for their support over the course of the season. The players are scheduled to do a victory lap after the final whistle.

"It's important for us to thank the supporters for their excellent backing of the team, both home and away.

"They have really played their part and both the staff and the players have really appreciated it."

The club and the fans are hoping for a party atmosphere when all is said and done. A win for Bolton should secure that.