Simon Grayson was happy to claim a good point on the road at Sunderland, but still wanted more.
The Seasiders took the lead early on at the Stadium of Light thanks to Matty Virtue’s wonder goal from distance, but the lead was cancelled out just before half-time through Sunderland’s Charlie Wyke.
“I think it’s a good point and we would have settled for a point at the start of the game,” Grayson said.
“Having started the game so well, there is a slight hint of disappointment because the game was there for the taking. If I’m being honest, I felt we were struggling at the top of the pitch. We didn’t play with the quality we’ve been playing with in the last few weeks and that final pass or final touch just wasn’t there at times today.
“There were players out there today who just didn’t show the same level of performance we’ve had in recent weeks. We’ve been outstanding lately, and there were just a few things that were missing.
“Overall, it was a good away performance and to gain a point here is impressive."
With the busy Christmas period now underway, Grayson has admitted it's a good opportunity for some of the squad players to get game time.
"It's always a busy period and games come in thick and fast," he said.
"Players who have impressed in training will get game time as we look to take as many points as possible from the next run of fixtures."