Sunderland manager Gus Poyet called for better from his team after their goalless draw at Burnley, warning "OK" was not good enough in the Premier League.
Both sides hit the woodwork in the closing moments, Clarets substitute Ashley Barnes sending a deflected effort against the crossbar after 87 minutes and Black Cats defender Patrick van Aanholt rattling the post in added time.
But that late drama was at odds with an otherwise dour encounter at Turf Moor that seemed locked in first gear for long...
The optimistic theory was hardly extravagant. After avoiding defeat to a compelling Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Sunderland would find it possible to overcome the more workmanlike challenge of Burnley.
Unfortunately for Sunderland manager Gus Poyet and the huge travelling support at Turf Moor, Burnley saw the game as winnable, too, and were probably the unluckier of the sides to miss out on victory.
- Report: Burnley 0-0 Sunderland
Forget the minor thrills of the second half when the...