Gus Poyet sees our continued progression but agrees with Glenn Hoddle that we need to start turning displays like Saturday's at Liverpool into points.
It was a similar story at Anfield last season, a 1-0 defeat and at Old Trafford last month as we matched the current Premiership leaders but fell to a late penalty in a 2-1 defeat.
"I think we are progressing, without a doubt," said Gus. "The only difference, and I think everyone knows, we have to have this kind of performance and win, or get a point.
"We have to keep doing the same but try and get a result as well.
"But we are still up there and it is now very important to win at home this weekend."
It could have been a different story at Anfield if one of Gus's earlier efforts has been successful. He forced Jerzi Dudek into the save of the match on the hour and, less than a minute later, watched in agony as Dietmar Hamann hacked his goalbound header off the line.
He reflected: "We tried to be compact, to defend, to make things difficult and you know that maybe you will have two, three good chances.
"So to have two inside a minute...the first I just tried to hit the ball across the keeper, a great save and you are thinking that could be the only chance, but Deano said to me 'come on Gus, the next one' and straight from the corner, head it properly, but there was someone there to clear it.
"It was a shame because it would have been nice to score first and to win the game. Anyway, we reacted very well, came back with Milo and Deano but then concede a penalty but, okay, this happens in football.
"It was a pity though because we all thought we deserved something from the game."