Sunderland manager Roy Keane labelled his side's performance as "disappointing" despite the Black Cats easing to a 4-2 victory over in-form Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
First-half goals from Keane's former Manchester United team-mate Dwight Yorke and Swedish winger Tobias Hysen put the visitors in the driving seat.
And early in the second half a third from David Connolly was more than enough to finish off crestfallen Wednesday before Carlos Edwards added a fourth in the 89th minute.
"We had a decent start and it was a good result but the performance was disappointing," claimed Keane.
"It was a bit of everything, we kept giving the ball away. Players were taking too many touches and that encouraged Sheffield Wednesday to get back in the game when they were dead and buried. But we got away with it.
"We scored four goals away from home but all credit to Sheffield Wednesday. We knew they would keep coming but the game was there for the taking.
"We're doing okay but to say I was disappointed with the performance is an understatement. We're better than that, the players are better than that."