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Freedman: Fans Deserve Credit

1 September 2012

Going into the game at Selhurst this afternoon against Sheffield Wednesday, Dougie Freedman would like to pay tribute to the tremendous support the fans have given in a difficult start to the season.   

"First and foremost I'd like to thank the fans for their support up at Middlesbrough and away at Preston, you know two games in four days with that amount of travelling is never easy but they have been fantastic.

"It's all credit to them, the support they give us after the match as well after two defeats has been great and the intentions are not to let them down it's as simple as that. We've had an indifferent start let's not kid ourselves, the first game of the season we were a couple of minutes away from winning the game, we let ourselves down at Bristol City, I thought it was a good performance against Middlesborough so we aren't that far away. We were a little bit short in bodies at the start of the season but we have now introduced some good signings so we are not far away. 

"I've been at this club many many years and really do appreciate the fans and I think it's now for the newer players who haven't been here as long to see the fans deserve a lot of credit for sticking by us and I'm sure we'll turn it round" 

Now attention turns to this afternoon against Sheffield Wednesday and a match against a side who the boss notes have momentum going into the game. 

"I don't have enough time in the day to worry about Sheffield Wednesday, what they've done and what they've not done. I just know that they're a capable side who have a bit of momentum with them but I believe that right now we are a determined bunch of lads who want to do well, who want to get out of this false position that I think we're in and I think that starts with this game against Wednesday so all I can comment on is what we can do and what we can control and how we approach the game and prepare in the right way." 

Freedman has had to contend with injuries in the opening weeks but news on that front is getting more positive as this game gets closer. 

"Glenn Murray will be very close for Saturday, he's trained a couple of days this week and we just need to see how his knee reacts, he's a very quick healer Glenn, we were told six weeks and now I think we're three weeks in and he's done a few training sessions. He's a good guy, he understands the situation we're in and battling hard to get back so it will be a close call. 

"Jonny Williams came through an hour this week at Preston and has trained well since so it is good to also have him available for selection." 

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