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Flitcroft on Bolton Test

1 March 2013

Flitcroft is hoping to see a reaction from his side who conceded five avoidable goals at Bristol City last week, “The lads were flat and we’ve been able to pick them up,” said Flitcroft.

Reds Manager David Flitcroft caught up with the press ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Bolton at Oakwell.

“I'm looking forward to Saturday’s game. I think they wished there was a match on Tuesday to rectify it, but there wasn’t.”

Instead the Reds enjoyed a training break in Spain, but are still without two key performers in Stephen Dawson and Scott Golbourne – the latter ruled out for the season – but Kelvin Etuhu is still part of training and is in the Manager’s plans for tomorrow.

“Dawson, we’re looking at maybe Tuesday or Wednesday next week,” added Flitcroft.

“I’m not taking any chances with Kelvin. He’s committed to a lot of training. He’s got a lot of good quality sessions in so he’s keeping his fitness up.”

Finding a replacement for Scott Golbourne has been described as ‘cat and mouse’ by the Reds boss, but as regards to the opposition of tomorrow, Flitcroft said of Bolton, “The expectations were massive and they had aspirations of getting back at the first opportunity,”

“They, maybe, underestimated how tough and physical this league is. So Dougie’s gone in there and he’s trying to change that.

“They’ll be a real force next season, but there’s been quite a lot of a change around.

“They’re in good form and they’re in good shape.”

Returning to Oakwell for the first time since his January departure is Craig Davies, who struck 20 goals for the Reds during his 18-month Tykes stint.

“We got him (Craig Davies) on a free transfer from a League Two club, not League One, and he built himself into a Championship player,” said Flitcroft.

“He did well for this football club.

“Me, personally, he’ll be welcomed back here. He should get a positive response (from the supporters).”

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