MARVIN Sordell is starting to look more like the real deal, according to Dougie Freedman.

Wanderers’ £3.2million striker grabbed a fifth goal of the season – his fourth in the FA Cup – as the Whites bowed out of the competition against Everton on Saturday.

The young frontman levelled up the Reebok tie after an early Steven Pienaar deflected shot had given the Premier League side the lead.

It looked like his strike had earned the Whites a replay at Goodison until a stoppage-time goal from Toffees substitute John Heitinga snatched glory for the men from Merseyside and a place in round five at Liverpool’s conquerers Oldham.

Despite the defeat, Freedman was pleased with Sordell’s performance.

And with a trip to his former club Watford on the horizon, the England Under-21 man is making rapid improvement according to the Wanderers man in charge.

“When I turned up Marvin was down on his luck a little bit,” Freedman said.

“He needed some help and has got a lot fitter and looks hungry – and I thought his all-round game was great.

“He tired towards the end, which was unfortunate, but that was because of his lack of game time.

“It was a big plus for us, which I thought the whole game was.

“I’m sitting here in a position where it was just the small detail that let us down.”