Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar believes that they need to start showing more consistency.
Villa have endured a tough start to the season under new boss Paul Lambert - indeed it is their worst ever beginning to a Premier League campaign.
They have won just one of their first six games in the league, and have lost half their matches.
"The most important thing is consistency and we haven't shown that," he said.
"We produced a really good team display against Swansea and we should have won more than 2-0.
"At Southampton, unfortunately, it all went wrong after Darren Bent had given us the lead. With a young team like ours, you know you're going to have ups and downs, and we know we have to be more consistent."
Vlaar has recently been made captain and the Dutchman insists that although it was not a target of his when joining the club, he is happy to take the armband.
"It wasn't something that was on my mind when I joined Villa but I'm always looking to improve my game and I enjoy the responsibility of being captain," he said.
"It's a great honour to have been appointed captain."