Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat believes his team are on the right path to avoiding a relegation dogfight after taking plenty of positives from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham.
The Black Cats slipped to the foot of the Premier League table following their third loss of the season and are now 1.44 to be relegated with Dafabet.
Ryan Mason’s winner eight minutes from time was tough on the Wearsiders though, with Advocaat claiming they had produced their best performance of the season so far against Spurs.
The Dutchman, who opted to hand first starts to Ola Toivonen and Fabio Borini, claims he was impressed after they pushed their north London opponents all the way.
It could have been a different story had Jermain Defoe’s effort in the first half not hit the post and Advocaat says there is cause for optimism if they can maintain the standards they set on Sunday.
He said: “I think the crowd liked the way we played. It’s a really attractive way of playing, only we did not get the points we deserved.
“Again with all respect to Spurs – they have a really good side, but I think one point was for us a good result.
“If you keep going this way, you’re creating your chances, you have players who can do something in a one-on-one situation with (Jeremain) Lens and Fabio, and Toivonen – we saw some good moments, in my opinion, and that gives a good feeling.”
Sunderland’s next match sees them take on fellow relegation candidates Bournemouth on Saturday, with the Black Cats 5.25 to pick up their first win of the season. The Cherries are 1.62, with the draw 3.75.