Despite a drop in league form Dougie Freedman insists Bolton Wanderers are heading in the right direction as they take on high-flying Watford this Saturday.
The Whites head south searching for their first Championship victory of 2013 and will be looking to recover from their disappointing FA Cup exit against Everton last week.
Although they sit just six points above the relegation zone in 17th, Freedman is confident his side are improving.
“I can see we’ve still got a long way to go, but I feel we’re on the right lines,” said the Scot.
“Looking at the Millwall game, for example, we had 70-odd per cent of the possession and we played a very controlled game. That’s what I wanted to do when I came here.
“I think we’re very tactically aware and if we perform as a team and individually, I think we’ll do well.
“I’m looking forward to the game because, although we lost on Saturday, I thought we gave a fantastic performance. It was a very structured game, we were focused and we played good football.”
Freedman confirmed Stuart Holden will not travel as he continues to find his fitness while newly acquired striker Craig Davies may make his debut.
Former Watford striker Marvin Sordell should make his return to Vicarage Road where he made 73 appearances, scoring 27 goals.
Even with Sordell in a rich vein of form, Freedman is under no illusions that the 21-year-old’s former side provide a stern test for the Whites.
“Watford are a good team and they’re flying high,” explained Freedman. “The system that we are likely to come up against is a little bit different because they have often used three at the back with wing backs.
“It can be difficult to play against if we don’t get it right but we’ve got a game-plan and if we stick to that I think we can cause them problems.”