Wes Brown believes Sunderland are playing well enough to avoid Premier League relegation but need to start taking their opportunities.
The Black Cats were punished for defensive mistakes as they went down 2-1 at home to West Ham United on Monday to remain four points from safety.
Brown was disappointed with the goals that were conceded but has been equally frustrated by missed chances at the other end.
A dismal run of seven games without a win has severely dented Sunderland’s chances of staying up, but Brown still thinks they can get out of trouble.
"To go 1-0 down when we were playing well in the game and concede from a corner, it hits you hard," Brown said in the Daily Express.
"We got back in the game but we just can't put our chances in the back of the net at the moment, and when it comes down to it, that's the main point.
"It's our defence's job to stop the goals and we can obviously do more on that side of it. Both goals we conceded were disappointing.
“We had a pre-match strategy to defend set-pieces and both the goals happened from it, but we also had opportunities and we just didn't put the ball away.
"The last couple of games at home we've actually played okay, we've just not put the ball in the back of the net.
“At the moment we need points and we're not doing that. We're playing good football but it doesn't count if you're not getting the points."