Despite the fact that his Tottenham Hotspur side somehow managed to draw 2-2 in a match that Sunderland only had one shot on target in, Mauricio Pochettino will have been encouraged by what he saw at the Stadium of Light.
Spurs controlled the vast majority of the game, fired off 15 shots to the hosts’ six and enjoyed 63 per cent of the ball.
It was, seemingly as ever with the Lilywhites, only the lack of a ruthless edge at both ends to the pitch that cost them two points.
Emmanuel Adebayor was especially culpable for Spurs only scoring twice and they should have been well out of sight of Sunderland by the time Harry Kane unfortunately netted at the wrong end to level the game.
Although their forwards must take some blame, it is Spurs defence that has really cost them in the last two matches.
Alberto Moreno’s unchallenged saunter from his own half to score Liverpool’s third highlighted the lack of coordination Spurs had at the back in that 3-0 loss.
Then, with Jan Vertonghen missing against the Black Cats, Pochettino chose to field Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches in the middle.
The Romanian produced his usual mix of the sublime and the ridiculous, being dispossessed three times to put his side in danger.
Kaboul is an even bigger problem than Chiriches however, as the Frenchman simply looks unable to cope with Premier League sides these days.
Spurs need a leader at the back, someone able to dominate attackers and organise their side. Fortunately for them they have one in the shape of 6ft5in Federico Fazio.
Pochettino must play his compatriot, who won a ludicrous 115 out of 150 headed duels for Sevilla last season, from the start away at Partizan Belgrade in Spurs next match, which they are 3/5 to win.
If all goes well, Fazio has to become a fixture of the Lilywhites’ side in place of Kaboul. It’s all very well integrating new players slowly, but Spurs are throwing away points by keeping Fazio on the sidelines.