Phil Bardsley has called on Sunderland's disgruntled supporters to give Steve Bruce's new-look side time to gel together.
The locals aired this disapproval again over the weekend, with a chorus of boos greeting a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Fulham.
Black Cats followers were expecting much more from their side this season, with a number of fresh faces drafted in over the summer.
A 15th place standing is deemed to be unacceptable, with the positivity of pre-season slowing ebbing away.
Bardsley, though, is confident that the tide will turn if the fans stick with the team and allow the new arrivals to find their feet on Wearside.
Following Saturday's stalemate with Fulham, the Scotland international told The Northern Echo: "We need patience. We have good enough players on the pitch to go and win games and we go into it the same as we did here.
"We hit the woodwork twice and had a great chance at the end and they only had a free-kick, one shot and a breakaway at the end which could have cost us, but on the whole, on the plus side, we look solid, created chances and deserved to win and it's another point on the board.
"Everyone gets a bit carried away don't they? Thinking we are going to win leagues and stuff with nine new players, but it is going to happen.
"We need a little bit of patience. We have been playing some good football, it is clicking slowly, and we can get that win that we want."
Sunderland will be hoping to kick-start their campaign over the coming weeks, with struggling Wigan, Wolves and Blackburn to come in the near future.
On that run of fixtures, Bardsley added: "People think these teams will just come and roll over, but they have top players in their teams, and internationals, which is why the Premier League has improved so much.
"The league is so close that a couple of back-to-back wins and you can get up that league.
"We have Wigan first, then Wolves and Blackburn at home, a run of games where we have to get points on the board."