Darren Anderton suspects the team will have to be patient in their attempts to secure a breakthrough against Aston Villa on Sunday.
The midlands outfit have only conceded three goals in their last five games, a period that has included two goalless draws, a single goal victory over Leicester and a 1-1 draw with Newcastle before a surprise two-goal reverse to Middlesbrough.
Games in recent seasons between ourselves and Villa have been particularly tight affairs - the last five meetings yielding only four goals. However, a league double was achieved last season with 1-0 victories secured at both White Hart Lane and Villa Park.
Darren does not envisage an open encounter this time around and feels Villa will continue to offer staunch resistance.
"I haven't seen much of them, it seems as if they've been a bit like ourselves with being a bit inconsistant," he reasoned.
"It will be tough, they will come and try and make it difficult for us, so we will have to be patient and hopefully get the right result.
"The last couple of home games in the league have been disappointing for so we have to try and move on now. The season hasn't really got going yet and from now on we need to get on a good run and get ourselves up the league."