Jon Dahl Tomasson has been pleased to see his side creating plenty of chances during the opening weeks of the season – but is keen to avoid “unnecessary goals” at the other end of the pitch.

Despite a challenging summer off the pitch, there have been plenty of positives to take from Rovers’ start to the campaign.

The opening day win against West Brom was particularly pleasing, as well as the character the side showed after going down to 10 men against Hull before they were eventually undone by two late goals.

Ahead of Sunday’s afternoon’s clash with Watford, Tomasson hopes his side can continue to create openings in the final third.

“Every goal can be avoided,” he said. “When a goal happens, it is mostly because players make mistakes and that can happen in football.

“But when you concede a goal, there is an unnecessary way of conceding. The free kick against Rotherham we have given away free kicks and corners that cost points during the season.

“But I am extremely happy to see all the big chances we have been creating, it is great to see.

“Last season, I wouldn’t say we started poorly. We got great results but it was a different team, there is now a very clear identity.

“The problem last season was that we didn’t take those big chances. We have already created a lot of good chances and all the credit to those boys, they are doing a great job.”

The Hornets haven’t won since the opening day when they secured a convincing 4-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers.

Valerien Ismael’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat against Stoke City in their last outing, with Andre Vidigal getting the decisive goal early in the second half.

“They are a very good team,” Tomasson added. “I don’t want to talk about budgets, but there are probably 18 to 20 teams who have a bigger budget than we have.

“I think they will be on the front foot, for sure. They have some individual class as well. Hopefully, we can play some good balls and create chances, and be able to handle that away game.

“I am really looking forward to this week. It is a challenging week for the squad but I am looking forward to how we cope with it.”