The Black Cats were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline in a close encounter with Spurs on Sunday.
The Black Cats eventually succumbed to a beautifully worked Ryan Mason effort, but more than matched Spurs for long periods of the game and were unlucky to draw a blank having struck the woodwork twice.
“I have not seen many games from us when we’ve played the way we did against Spurs – attacking-wise, the passing and the spirit in the team… that’s more how I like to play,” said the Dutchman.
“We just needed the goals at the right time and the right moment. If the fans are proud of you when you lose a game, it will only get better. The points will come, that’s football.”
The Black Cats steadied the ship somewhat after their disastrous first two games with draws in the subsequent two against Swansea City and Aston Villa, but Sunday’s defeat to Spurs means they are still to pick up their first win of the season.
New boys Ola Toivonen and Fabio Borini look like promising signings and should start to have a bigger influence once the ring rust wears off, and the coming weeks should bring about a change in fortunes.