Struggling Sunderland are paying the price for not completing their summer transfer business sooner, says David Moyes.
Moyes brought in 10 new signings this summer after taking over from Sam Allardyce in late July which meant much of the business was done late.
Club record signing Didier Ndong and Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer arrived on deadline day, with little time to properly bed in the other new signings.
Despite Victor Anichebe’s arrival on a free, crucially Sunderland also failed to add the proven goalscorer needed to help relieve the pressure from Jermain Defoe.
The Black Cats now prop up the Premier League table after throwing away a 2-0 lead against Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light, Christian Benteke scoring the winner for the visitors in injury-time.
Defoe’s double had put Sunderland firmly in control after an hour, but an all-too-familiar collapse saw the Eagles leave Wearside with all three points.
When asked whether the club is paying the price for their summer recruitment, Moyes said: “We are probably paying the price for not recruiting earlier.
“What would you say about last year or the year before that, would you say you are paying the price for recruitment then?
“Ultimately, you have to get good players on the pitch and we are not getting enough good players on the pitch.”
He added: “We’re going to have to improve on what we’ve got to give ourselves a chance.”
Being bottom of the league is, sadly, an all too familiar sight to Sunderland fans and not a scenario alien to the players.
Moyes is remaining calm about the situation, with the season still in its infancy.
Sunderland host West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light on Saturday ahead of the second international break of the season.
“It’s a position the club has been in before and it’s something we need to try to get rid of,” added Moyes.
“I always felt we’d need to win tough, have to win some games which we’re not expected to, or when we’re not playing so well.
“Against Crystal Palace, I don’t think we played great, but we got 2-0 up at home and we were desperate to pick up our first three points of the season.
“I just don’t think we defended for our lives when we were 2-0 up. I didn’t see that.
“I didn’t see people saying ‘I’ll make sure I do that’.”