BOLTON boss Dougie Freedman insists he was not unduly worried by defeats against Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday over the Christmas period.

The Wanderers boss is keeping promotion in his sights and has targeted a place in the top half of the table by the end of this month.

Thanks to a morale-boosting win over Birmingham, the Whites could take a big step in the right direction with another result at Leeds United this afternoon.

But Freedman maintains that he is happy to see progress being made in small increments, even if results do not go his side’s way.

“I have tried to convey how we train and how we’re trying to go about things,” he said.

“But if we win a few or lose a few, all we can do is turn up on Monday morning, keep going and work in a positive way.

“I just felt that we showed that (against Birmingham). We went a goal down, but, great credit to the lads, because they kept passing it. The patient build-up got us the result we needed.”

Freedman outlined his objective for the New Year in his programme notes for the Birmingham game.

He wrote: “Our target is to be in the top half of the table by the end of January.

“At that point I want other teams above us to be looking over their shoulders knowing that Bolton Wanderers are making a charge for the top of the league.”