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Freedman: Getting Rewards For Hard Work

3 October 2012

The difficult start to the season is a period that Dougie Freedman is now looking back on as something of a learning period for him and he is delighted with how his squad have responded. 

"The first three games were very difficult to take but you can be assured that period taught me a lot as a manager about many different things. We have all worked hard and the development has been great to see, its very pleasing from a coaches point of view to look back at those games in the knowledge of where we are now. 

"We have a great bunch of lads who work hard and they are getting reward with the results we are now getting." 

The night saw Wilfried Zaha open his account for the season and apart from the two strikes the boss was pleased with a particular aspect of the second goal. 

"The most pleasing thing about his second goal was the run he made - we have been working on certain movements for him and he did one of those across the centre halves and he showed great desire and technique to get the shot in and score an excellent goal. 

"The kid's got huge potential and hopefully he can fulfil that, he's working hard, I think his off-the-ball movement is getting better, he's developing his game."

Zaha is always the subject of transfer speculation because of his great talent but Freedman thinks things are different with this situation. 

"It's a little bit different at this club because, under my leadership, I've known that kid since 14 years of age, it's a relationship which goes a little bit further than contracts.

"When he's ready and when I think he's ready to let him go to the right club, I will tap Wilfried on the shoulder and tell him I can't help him no longer.

"It's a little bit different with my kids, the relationship has been there a long time."

This match was another example of a comeback from his side following the early second half goal and the character of the players was clear for all in the 19,000 crowd to see. 

"We've not got a blame culture at this club, we have players who look in the mirror and say to themselves what can they do better for the team and that kind of attitude has spread fantastically well throughout the club right now. 

"I was happy with the response, but it was no surprise to me as we are all pulling in the same direction.  We work hard day to day on how the team should react in certain situations and we just kept on playing in the way we like to with some good passing and movement. We got ourselves into some wonderful positions that resulted in us getting the end result. From a coaches point of view watching from the sidelines it makes it a pleasing night." 



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