Sam Allardyce claims that too many of his Blackburn Rovers players are living on past reputations following a mixed first half to the season.
El Hadji Diouf rescued a point against his old club Sunderland in a 2-2 draw at Ewood Park on Monday.
But despite taking a point from an entertaining encounter, Allardyce was critical of some of his players.
"Dioufy took his goal really well but we haven't played well and it's disappointing that when we're scoring at home it's to get back in a game rather than win it," he claimed.
"It was a good show of character from the players but, while I would have liked to have finished 2009 with a victory, I have to be satisfied the way the game panned out."
Referring to Black Cats striker Darren Bent who scored twice, he added:"If we had a 13-goal striker like they have we'd probably be sitting in eighth place in the league looking down on the rest of them.
"Too many of our players haven't lived up to their reputations regularly enough and that has been a problem that has caused us to stumble in a part of the season when I thought we'd push on."