Dick Advocaat says he has been able to draw the positives from a Sunderland performance for the first time this season.
Head coach Advocaat learned nothing from the opening two games of the campaign, other than the need for Sunderland to add further recruits to their squad before the end of the transfer window.
You could see some times that we controlled the game and we had some good attacksDick Advocaat
But Saturday’s draw against Swansea provided a welcome change for Advocaat, as Sunderland rediscovered some of the qualities which saw them beat the drop under the ex-Rangers boss at the end of last season.
“Out of the previous games, I could not take anything with me,” said Advocaat.
“But, in this one, you could see some times that we controlled the game and we had some good attacks.
“That was the spirit they showed last season.
“You could see what a good player Yann (M’Vila) is.
“And I think (Jack) Rodwell is coming on as well.
“In the last 20 minutes, you saw the possibilities with (Jeremain) Lens.
“It was a good goal for (Jermain) Defoe too, and, in the last 20 minutes, he can damage a lot of defenders.”
Sunderland were indebted to two excellent and one world-class save from Costel Pantilimon to come away with a point against the Swans, while they also benefited from a slice of fortune when Andre Ayew headed against the post.
But the Black Cats could equally have come away with maximum points, if referee Neil Swarbrick had spotted a blatant handball from Swansea skipper Ashley Williams to block Jack Rodwell’s shot.
Advocaat said: “It was a penalty. I’ve seen it on television and he had to give it.
“But I have to be careful too, because it costs me money!
“It was a difficult match for the referee.
“With the way we played, you have to be very sharp.”