Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has urged his team to be more composed, regardless of the scoreline.
The Black Cats manager is desperately trying to wrestle against his side's natural instinct to become direct after falling behind.
Poyet wants his team to stick to their passing principles and remain patient, whether they are in front or behind, and he says that he is working hard to rectify the fault that was perfectly highlighted when they lost 3-1 to Hull City.
“After they [Hull] scored, there was a bit of tension and it was too hurried," Poyet told the Shields Gazette. "We went too long, too quick.
“That’s the thing I want us to achieve which we haven’t done yet; the ability to cope whether we are winning or losing, whether home or away.”
Poyet feels that his side's impatience has contributed to their failure to win games. His men have only triumphed three times in the league this season, but they remain above the relegation zone due to their ability to remain resolute.
Sunderland have rarely been beaten this term and that has provided them a solid foundation to build upon.
The Wearsiders are only a few tweaks away from being a real force in the division, but until they fully adapt to Poyet's methods an improvement is unlikely.
Sunderland are expected to be active in the upcoming January transfer window to amend some of the current deficiencies within their squad.