Luke Freeman grateful to boss Graham Westley for helping him find his form
16:41 13 March 2014
Boro winger Luke Freeman has praised the contribution of boss Graham Westley for his impressive form this season.
Freeman has been turning heads with his direct running and in particular his two wonder-goals at Bradford earlier this month, and the former Arsenal man has also revealed his own pleasure at his form this season.
“Yeah I’m very pleased [with my form],” said the 21-year-old, who has started 47 games this season compared to 29 last term.
“I’ve got a lot of respect and thanks for the gaffer for coming back and he’s played me quite a lot this season which I’ve been grateful for because last season it didn’t really go to plan for whatever reason.
“I’m just concentrating on working as hard as I can for the team mainly and I’m sure I’ll be fine in my own personal form.”
Boro are five unbeaten in Sky Bet League One, a run which has seen them pick up 11 points and lifted them off the base of the table, but the club are still only separated from the relegation zone by goal difference.
The upturn in form has also seen six different players get their name on the score-sheet, a stark contrast to the side’s previous reliance on striker Francois Zoko, and Freeman revealed it is something the team have been working on.
“It’s something that we’ve always thought about [getting more players forward],” he said
“We all had a chat about it and the lads kind of took it on board and really tried doing it and you’re starting to see the signs.
“We do a lot of finishing stuff and getting late midfielders into the box and just general finishing throughout the whole team and it is working.”
Freeman also cited an improvement in team spirit at the club as one of the factors for the recent run of results.
“At the start of the year it was a new bunch of lads so it took a bit of time for us to get that team spirit.
“We’ve certainly got it now though so the main thing is to keep doing well, to keep improving and all the lads are really looking forward to every game that comes their way now.”
Boro will make the long trip up to Carlisle on Saturday knowing that a win lift them above their opposition and put some day-light between themselves and the bottom four.