We came through recent encounters against Manchester United, Arsenal, Bolton, West Ham and Wigan with credit and sitting fourth in the Premiership.
That had punters looking at what we might achieve in December with our six matches including games against the bottom four starting with Sunderland last weekend.
If ever a reminder was needed about the strength in depth of the league it was there as Sunderland pushed us all the way before Michael Carrick's 77th minute winner secured a 3-2 victory.
Portsmouth are next and we'll face a side no doubt boosted by the return of Harry Redknapp as manager.
Everyone said before the league started that Wigan would be easier or West Ham would be easier because they were the promoted teams
"We played against Wigan and won but they are a good side. We played against West Ham and, okay, we gave problems to ourselves but they are a decent side and in the top half of the table. Sunderland were fighting for their lives and gave everything.
"Portsmouth away from home are doing a bit better than at home, scoring a few more goals and that's because they are better suited to playing on the break. We have to be careful.
"I think they will get out of the relegation zone but it's the same story - I hope they don't do it against us.
"We had a very good spell last season in December and we need a similar month or we could throw away a lot of the good things we've achieved so far."
Martin Jol has countered any suggestions that we are now on an 'easier' run of Premiership matches.