David Moyes feels Sunderland’s performances are beginning to improve, ahead of a trip to St Mary’s in the EFL Cup.
The Black Cats are still awaiting a first Premier League win of the season, after Winston Reid’s last-gasp strike condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
They have though defeated Shrewsbury Town and Queens Park Rangers to reach the fourth round, and Moyes is welcoming a change of competition to help to try and turn their fortunes around.
He said: “We’ve not won the two games we’ve been away from home recently but we’ve shown signs of getting better.
“We have to keep that up to keep the positivity up because we don’t want to keep getting beat that’s for sure.
“We’ll try and use it as a change from the league. We’ve had a couple of wins in the League Cup and got through so we want to try and do that again.
“I think our performances have been improving slightly. I think we’ve been getting closer to winning.
“The players feel that and in the building the staff as well, everybody feels that way so we’ll keep plugging at it and hoping somewhere along the road it will change.”
Saints go into the fixture buoyed by a well-earned draw against Manchester City on Sunday.
Goals from Charlie Austin and Jake Hesketh saw off Crystal Palace at St Mary’s in the last round of this competition.
And Moyes admits he has been hugely impressed by what Southampton have done so far this season.
“I’ve been impressed by Southampton and I think a lot of people have,” said Moyes.
“I think outside the top sort of three or four teams, I think Southampton are the name people are talking about just now and rightly so because they’ve played some really good stuff.”