Sunderland may have made a far better start than they did last season, but Liam Bridcutt insists that they are still not entirely satisfied by the direction which they are heading in.
The Black Cats have made the second biggest improvement of any side on their total after 15 games, compared to last season, but their habit of only collecting one point from matches is frustrating the former Brighton and Hove Albion man.
Sunderland are becoming the Premier League's draw specialists - having seen the scores finish level in nine of their matches so far - and Bridcutt is determined to start turning one point into three soon.
"We know we can do better," he said to the Sunderland Echo. “We’re not that happy with the direction we’re going in, because we want to win games. That’s how high we set our standards.”
Despite Bridcutt's search for perfection, the fact that the club have only lost four of their first 15 games can only be seen as a good thing.
Poyet seems to have made the club tough to beat and they are giving themselves a solid foundation to build from as the season progresses.
Although Sunderland would unquestionably like to add increased amounts of quality to their squad, their current mentality seems to be serving them well and they are occupying 14th spot in the table despite a tough run of fixtures recently.
The Black Cats now go into games with West Ham United, Newcastle United, Hull City and Aston Villa over the Christmas and they will be determined to add to their current total of two wins to elevate themselves up the league standings.